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Quiznos, taco chain plan statewide convenience store expansion

Cape Coral and Venice are first on the list for new dual-restaurant locations in Florida.

Denver-based REGO Restaurant Group introduced a newly-designed Quiznos last year.
Denver-based REGO Restaurant Group introduced a newly-designed Quiznos last year.
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The Denver-based parent company of fast-casual brands Quiznos and Taco Del Mar plans to open more than a dozen new dual-restaurant locations in Florida convenience stores, starting with Lee and Sarasota counties.

REGO Restaurant Group, which also operates Dairy Queen, in addition to Quiznos and Taco Del Mar, entered into a deal with Doral-based Sunshine Gasoline Distributors Inc. for the expansion, according to a statement. The deal calls for at least 13 combined, dual-branded Quiznos and Taco Del Mar restaurants in central and south Florida, including Orlando, Tampa and Miami. The first one opened earlier this year in a Cape Coral Chevron station. The next one is scheduled for Venice, in May.

“We are thrilled to expand our footprint in the Sunshine state in this unique, convenience store-friendly format, with a tremendous partner in Sunshine Gasoline,” Tim Casey, CEO of REGO Restaurant Group, which owns Quiznos and Taco Del Mar, says in the release. “The combination of the rebranded concepts, featuring inventive subs and made-to order-Baja inspired eats, coupled with the operational expertise of Sunshine Gasoline, provides a winning foundation to bring Quiznos back to local fans who have missed the brand, and to introduce Taco Del Mar to the region.”

The opening, say company officials in the statement, “will showcase components of the updated store designs introduced last year.” The new store will also feature flat-top grills and deep fryers, the release adds, “so guests can enjoy enhanced recipes with freshly prepared proteins and hot sides, like fries, alongside toasted subs.”

“The partnership with REGO and their two iconic brands is a perfect addition to our services as we consistently seek out ways to offer further convenience to our customers,” Sunshine Gasoline Distributors Senior Operations Manager Eddy Alvarez says in the statement. “The deal is also an opportunity to grow our business and expand our suite of offerings while meeting the cravings of local guests."



Mark Gordon

Mark Gordon is the managing editor of the Business Observer. He has worked for the Business Observer since 2005. He previously worked for newspapers and magazines in upstate New York, suburban Philadelphia and Jacksonville.


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