Shake Shack Coming to Canada in 2024

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TORONTO – Toronto-based private investment firms Osmington Inc. and Harlo Entertainment Inc. announced plans yesterday to bring the U.S. fast-food giant, Shake Shack, to Canada with a flagship location in Toronto set to open in 2024. The companies also announced plans for 35 locations across the country by 2035.

The New York-based fast-food brand that started out of a hotdog cart in Madison Square Park in 2001 and now has 440 locations worldwide has been eyeing Canada for “quite some time,” said the company’s Chief Global Licensing Officer, Michael Kark, in a statement.

He promised the Canadian locations will feature a mix of Shake Shack classics including its burgers, chicken sandwiches, crinkle-cut fries, frozen custard, beer and wine, along with “bespoke Canada-exclusive items.”

Kark described Osmington and Harlo as “exceptional” partners for the company’s expansion. Osmington was involved with the Atlanta Thrashers’ re-location to Winnipeg and the retail re-development of Toronto’s Union Station, while Harlo is behind restaurants such as Mimi Chinese, Kasa Moto and Planta.

“Shake Shack has long been a brand that we admire,” said Lawrence Zucker, chief executive of Osmington, in a statement. “Their emphasis on community building, enlightened hospitality and exceptional food quality aligns with our values and we are thrilled to be bringing them to Canada.”

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