Two well-known chains are expanding their footprints in metro Atlanta:
Tampa-based burger chain Burger 21 has also signed an agreement to open two more metro Atlanta locations.
Franchisee Dwight Pearson and his son Jamion Ridon — who currently own four combination gas stations and convenient stores in Atlanta — plan to open a Burger 21 location in Sandy Springs by next fall and one in Midtown the following fall.
There are already Burger 21 locations in Johns Creek, Buford, Buckhead and Snellville.
Atlanta-headquartered sandwich shop McAlister’s Deli signed a development in Georgia that see it open five restaurants in the Atlanta market over the next several years, with plans for spots in Alpharetta, Cumming, Johns Creek and Snellville. There are already locations in Kennesaw, Lawrenceville and Roswell.
Franchisees James Butler and Tye Hill, who also own several Golden Corral locations, are both former NFL players; Butler played for Georgia Tech and had stints on the New York Giants and the St. Louis Rams, while Hill played for several teams, including the Falcons.