Signs Development Agreement with Al Bairaq Trading Import & Export Co.
W.L.L. for Five Restaurants
MARYVILLE, TN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 2, 2017--
Ruby Tuesday (NYSE:RT) today announced that the Company has signed a
development agreement with Al Bairaq Trading Import & Export Co. W.L.L.
to expand the brand’s presence into Qatar. The Qatari-based franchise
group, owned and operated by Alaa Subhi Abbas, will open five
restaurants in Qatar over the next five years.
“International franchising provides a great opportunity for Ruby Tuesday
to strategically grow into new markets, leveraging the knowledge and
expertise of local area operators,” said Jim Hyatt, President and Chief
Executive Officer of Ruby Tuesday. “Our master franchisee,
NAC/Gourmania, is an experienced group and we are pleased to welcome a
new franchisee, Al Bairaq, to the Ruby Tuesday family. We will continue
to seek out new, highly qualified operators who are able to
strategically expand our great brand into new regions internationally
and thereby support our overall business strategy.”
Al Bairaq Trading Import & Export Co. W.L.L. has significant franchise
experience as the exclusive franchisee for Aston Martin and MG cars in
the State of Qatar. The group is also the owner of Aloosh Iraqi
Alaa Subhi Abbas, CEO of Al Bairaq Trading Import & Export Co. W.L.L.
added, “We along with NAC and Gourmania are thrilled to bring Ruby
Tuesday, an iconic American brand, to Qatar. Over the years, we have
appreciated the strong desire of residents and visitors alike for a
place to gather and enjoy a meal and we’re confident the concept will
National Arabic Company for Restaurant Management (NAC) and Gourmania
International, are part of Bukhamseen Group Holding Co., and are the
master franchisee of Ruby Tuesday in the Middle East, Africa and Central
Asia. The group currently operates six Ruby Tuesday restaurants in
Kuwait and has a network of seven franchise restaurants open in KSA
(Jeddah), Egypt, UAE and Oman.
“We have seen great success operating Ruby Tuesday restaurants in the
Middle East, Africa and countries within Central Asia. We’re honored to
have the opportunity to continue expanding the Ruby Tuesday brand to new
regions through our franchisees like Al Bairaq,” Mahmoud Mousavi,
Director of Franchising & Real Estate of Gourmania International.
Ruby Tuesday has exclusive multi-unit franchise opportunities available
for highly qualified operators in the MENA & Central Asia and around the
world. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit https://rubytuesday.1851franchise.com/.
About Ruby Tuesday, Inc.
Ruby Tuesday, Inc. owns and franchises Ruby Tuesday brand restaurants.
As of February 28, 2017, there were 607 Ruby Tuesday restaurants in 41
states, 14 foreign countries, and Guam. Of those restaurants, we owned
and operated 544 Ruby Tuesday restaurants and franchised 63 Ruby Tuesday
restaurants, comprised of 17 domestic and 46 international restaurants.
Our Company-owned and operated restaurants are concentrated primarily in
the Southeast, Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwest of the United
States, which we consider to be our core markets. For more information
about Ruby Tuesday, please visit www.rubytuesday.com.
Ruby Tuesday, Inc. is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (Symbol: RT).
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