American sandwich restaurant brand, Arby’s, has opened its first restaurant in Kuwait, as part of plans to roll out at least 25 restaurants across Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
The new restaurant is owned and operated by Al-Kharafi Global for General Trading & Contracting Company-WLL (Kharafi Global).
Paul Brown, chief executive officer of Arby’s Restaurant Group (ARG), said: “We’re proud to be working with Kharafi Global to bring the Arby’s brand to Kuwait.
“They’re a team of proven operators who know how to develop strong-performing restaurants throughout the Middle East.”
The first restaurant is located in Jabriya, with two more to open in Abu Al-Hasaniya and Al Kout Mall later this year.
The new restaurant is one of 126 franchised Arby’s restaurants outside of the US, with others located in Qatar, Turkey, Canada, Japan and South Korea.
Brown added: “The success of our brand in the US has generated a great deal of excitement abroad. We’ll continue to work with growth-focused franchisees to bring Arby’s to more locations in the Middle East and select global markets.”
In 2016, the Arby’s global system achieved six consecutive years of same-store sales growth and since 2013, the brand’s global system sales have grown 20% to $3.7billion.
Founded in 1964, Arby’s is the second-largest sandwich restaurant brand in the world with more than 3,300 restaurants in seven countries.
The brand is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.