Texas Roadhouse signs first franchise agreement with Jaggers

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Texas Roadhouse Inc. has signed its first franchise development agreement for the fast-paced, laid-back Jaggers brand with The Saxton Group, a major McAlister’s Deli franchisee, the companies said on Monday.

Saxton Group, based in Dallas, has agreed to develop 10 Jaggers units in eastern and central Texas and Tulsa, Okla.

Jaggers, which the Louisville, Ky.-Based casual dining company first opened in 2014, has three company-owned restaurants open in Greenwood, Ind., Noblesville, Ind., And Louisville. A fourth company-owned location is slated to open this fall in the Indianapolis area.

The Jaggers menu includes burgers, chicken fillets, salads and signature shakes.

Adam Saxton, co-CEO of The Saxton Group, said the first franchise agreement was signed on September 15 and the first Jaggers unit will open in 2022, with the location yet to be determined. Restaurants are typically around 3,000 square feet with drive-thru access.

The Saxton Group has been a franchisee of the McAlister’s Deli concept since 1999 and has 85 restaurants in six states, including Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

“What’s exciting to me about Jaggers is that you’ve taken the biggest hits in quick service – chicken, cheeseburgers, shakes, great salads, fries, tater tots – and improved the quality of the food,” he said, pointing out that the brand was fast and efficient. Per person verification averages are around $ 10.

“All real estate will have drive-thru capability,” Saxton said, adding that the location of the group’s first Jaggers unit has yet to be decided but will likely be in a Texas legacy market. .

While the national units of Texas Roadhouse are owned by the company, the company has franchised the concept overseas. Hugh Carroll, president of international development for Texas Roadhouse, oversees Jaggers national franchising.

Saxton said the Saxton Group has four McAlister’s Delis under construction and plans to develop Jaggers alongside its current holdings. Being one of the first franchisees of the three-unit brand is kind of a leap of faith, he said.

“We have never looked for a brand of this size because of their small size,” Saxton said. “Many brands that are starting franchising in their infancy are not ready to provide the level of service and support to franchisees that large, sophisticated multi-unit operators expect.

“However, Jaggers was developed by Texas Roadhouse and has tremendous sophistication in the operating system,” he said. “It’s built into the model based on the experience and resources of the Texas Roadhouse team. “

Jerry Morgan, CEO and chairman of Texas Roadhouse, said in a statement that the company is happy with the track record of Jaggers’ first franchisee. “We are delighted to partner with The Saxton Group, which has extensive industry knowledge and 35 years of practical and operational experience,” Morgan said in a statement.

Since the end of the second quarter on June 29 Texas Roadhouse had over 640 restaurants in 49 states and 10 other countries. It also has the sport bar concept of 33 casual restaurants at Bubba.

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