With one restaurant opening and operating in the Bayou State, in Lafayette, El Pollo Loco Inc. is set to expand its Louisiana footprint via a four-unit deal with Fuego Foods to develop in the southern part of the state.
"We're thrilled to continue developing El Pollo Loco's presence in Louisiana and bring even more of the brand's signature chicken, handcrafted Mexican entrees and assortment of healthy offerings to various markets," Fuego Foods' Phong Huynh said in a company press release. "The expansion and future unit growth is sure to appeal to the growing number of consumers looking for healthier options and demand for bolder, spicier flavors."
Brian Carmichall, chief development officer of El Pollo Loco, said the chain plans to open locations in New Orleans and is seeking "experienced franchise owners with the desire to be part of a strong franchisee family."
Each restaurant will occupy nearly 2,400 square feet of real estate and employ as many as 50 people.
El Pollo Loco has more than 483 company-owned and franchised restaurants in Arizona, California, Nevada, Texas, Utah and Louisiana.
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