TORONTO — The Wendy’s Company has announced the transition of 13 franchised restaurants in the province of Quebec to Compass Restaurant Group’s Kathryn and John Chayka.
The restaurants were previously owned by DP Murphy (Quebec) Inc.
“At Wendy’s, we see tremendous opportunity in Quebec with more than a quarter of the population living there and only three per cent of our Wendy’s Canadian restaurants. This new agreement demonstrates the strength of the brand and the faith our franchise partners have in our bright future,” says Abigail Pringle, president, International and Chief Development Officer at The Wendy’s Company. “Wendy’s franchise owners, like Kathryn and John Chayka, continue to play an integral role in bringing our restaurants to communities across Canada and we are thrilled with their continued commitment to Wendy’s.”
The Chaykas became Wendy’s franchise owners in 2015 and continue to be active members of the community. In 2020, they donated and delivered more than 1,000 meals to frontline workers in the Niagara region who were fighting the spread of COVID-19.
“Community has always been an important part of our lives and our Wendy’s restaurants have been a great way for us to connect with those in the Niagara region. This expansion is an exciting opportunity for us to grow our business, bring jobs to Quebec and to provide more Wendy’s experiences to more consumers across Canada,” says Kathryn Chayka, operating partner, Compass Restaurants Group.
The agreement also includes a commitment from the owners to build additional new restaurants by the end of 2025, which is expected to double Wendy’s presence in the province.