After a year of strategic and thorough planning to elevate the brand, Killer Burger is ready to bring its famous burgers and beers to new fans across the country in 2022 through planned franchise development. The acclaimed Pacific Northwest brand enters 2022 with two additional locations from existing franchise partners in the first quarter of the year.
Killer Burger will launch a new franchise site in the Portland suburb of Lake Oswego, its second location in the market’s southwest quadrant. The restaurant will be owned and operated by franchisee LaMichael James, a former University of Oregon football star and former NFL player who now controls the brand’s Beaverton site.
The Lake Oswego location will debut in 2021, further fueling the brand’s strong future. This past year, Killer Burger re-energized its devoted fan base with the addition of two locations in its hometown of Portland. Additionally, it expanded its reach with a historic new store in Hayden, Idaho, the brand’s first site in the Inland Northwest. The new restaurant, part of multi-unit operator Wes Walterman’s Killer Burger portfolio, exceeds expectations. It demonstrates that first-time fans desire more and that the high-performing franchise model fits wonderfully in underserved markets.
According to John Dikos, president of Killer Burger, 2021 was a pivotal year for the brand as it prepared to enter a new chapter. They made significant progress on top of the company and the team’s incredible foundation. It is scheduled to open a few new restaurants in 2022. The brand is prepared to take a significant step forward and expand our idea into new regions by partnering with great franchise partners that share their enthusiasm for craft burgers and beers.” Additionally, Killer Burger secured a franchise deal for a second Oregon location in Wilsonville, solidifying its regional presence.
This year, a team of talented experts added to the corporate office has been laying the groundwork for Killer Burger’s ascension in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. The support center has added five additional team members, bolstering the brand’s expansion strategy, marketing, financial planning, human resources, and operations services. Paul Twohig, a restaurant industry veteran who most recently served as President of MOD Pizza, has also been appointed to the brand’s board of directors in an advising capacity. This injection of new talent and experience has helped Killer Burger position itself effectively to achieve its development aspirations.
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