\In a groundbreaking move, Smalls Sliders® announces its foray into the Midwestern market with a multi-unit agreement to open eight locations in St. Louis. The franchise, known for its innovative cheeseburger slider concept, has inked a strategic deal with KR Partners, LLC, a seasoned operating group with a rich background in the restaurant industry and real estate.
Strategic Expansion into the Midwest: A Milestone for Smalls Sliders
The agreement with KR Partners, LLC marks a significant milestone for Smalls Sliders as it strategically expands its footprint into the Midwest, targeting the vibrant city of St. Louis and surrounding areas. This move aligns with the brand’s broader vision to establish a robust presence across the country, building on its disruptive success in the quick-service restaurant (QSR) industry.
Maria Rivera, CEO of Smalls Sliders, expresses enthusiasm about this pivotal development, stating, “We’re off to a tremendous start in 2024, and this agreement marks an important landmark for Smalls Sliders as we continue expansion into the Midwestern markets. This is an exciting opportunity for our continued growth across the country, and it’s rewarding to see groups like KR Partners, who possess an incredible entrepreneurial spirit, leading the charge.”
The experienced operating group, KR Partners, was drawn to Smalls Sliders due to its simple yet delicious menu and the unique modular buildout that the brand offers. Recognizing the immense potential in the St. Louis market, KR Partners is poised to elevate the Smalls Sliders brand to new heights. The targeted locations include key areas such as Kirkwood, Clayton, Wentzville, St. Peters, Ellisville, Florissant, and Bridgeton, with plans to open the first location by late 2024.
The Smalls Sliders Phenomenon: Disruption in the QSR Industry
Since opening its first signature ‘Smorange™’ colored Can in 2019, Smalls Sliders has been a force of disruption in the QSR industry. The brand’s commitment to exclusively serving fresh, cooked-to-order cheeseburger sliders has resonated with consumers, propelling its rapid growth trajectory. With over 160 Cans either open or under development, Smalls Sliders continues to make waves in the restaurant industry.
The brand’s distinctive features, including a streamlined drive-thru, walk-up window, and unique modular buildout, contribute to its appeal. Smalls Sliders has received notable industry recognition, with Nation’s Restaurant News featuring it in the “Breakout Brands of 2023,” and QSR Magazine acknowledging the brand in its annual QSR 50 Contenders list. The accolades extend to Entrepreneur magazine’s “Top New & Emerging Franchises” list in 2023.
Leadership and Backing: Pillars of Success
At the helm of Smalls Sliders is restaurateur visionary Brandon Landry, supported by a stacked leadership team with decades of collective restaurant experience. The brand’s success is further bolstered by strategic investments from 10 Point Capital and former NFL star Drew Brees.
Looking Ahead: Nationwide Growth and Innovation
As Smalls Sliders® embarks on its journey into St. Louis with KR Partners, the franchise anticipates further nationwide growth. The brand’s expansion plans extend beyond the Midwest, with locations set to open in the Southeast, Southwest, and West Coast. Smalls Sliders is not just a QSR; it’s a culinary movement, backed by innovation, flavor, and a commitment to delivering a unique dining experience.
For those eager to witness the Smalls Sliders phenomenon firsthand or explore franchise opportunities, visit the official website at www.smallssliders.com. Stay tuned as Smalls Sliders continues to redefine the burger landscape, one slider at a time.
As Smalls Sliders® ventures into St. Louis with the backing of KR Partners, it exemplifies the dynamism and adaptability inherent in the franchise industry. The brand’s disruptive approach, commitment to quality, and strategic partnerships position it as a defining force in the future of quick-service dining. With the St. Louis expansion as a catalyst, Smalls Sliders is set to carve out its place as a nationwide culinary sensation, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts and taste buds of burger enthusiasts across the country.
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