Newk’s Eatery Hires Visionary to Lead the Company’s Growth Initiative

August 6, 2014

The 10-year-old, fast-casual Newk’s Eatery brand has hired franchise development veteran Chris Cheek to oversee the company’s aggressive growth both through new, seasoned multi-unit franchise operators and through expanded area development agreements with existing Newk’s franchisees. As Chief Development Officer, Cheek will help meet the company’s goal of growing the group of nearly 70 southeastern restaurants to 200 by 2019, and continue building a pipeline for long-term expansion.

“We have reached a point in the company’s growth that it makes sense to bring franchise development in house,” said Newk’s Eatery founder and CEO Chris Newcomb. “With a team exclusively dedicated to franchise development, we will best be able to identify experienced franchisees with operating capacity and investment capabilities to grow with the Newk’s brand.”