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26-year-old Fatima Ahmad already has more than a decade of fast-food experience

Tampa, FL. (PRWEB) September 02, 2014

Checkers and Rallys Restaurants, Inc. (Checkers®), the largest double drive-thru chain in the United States, continues to attract experienced and business-savvy entrepreneurs eager to grow with the innovative brand. For example, its newest franchise owner, Fatima Ahmad, has more than 12 years of experience in the quick-service industry yet she is only 26 years old. She plans to open her first Checkers restaurant this spring in Fredericksburg, Va., with the support of her father Masood, another longtime restaurant franchisee and operator.

Fatima began her career in the restaurant industry at age 14 as a crew member at Wendys, and she kept working in the quick-service industry through high school, including at a Subway restaurant Masood owned and operated. She continued at that Subway while also completing her bachelors degree in criminal justice at Virginia Commonwealth University. The Ahmads plan to open a second Checkers restaurant within three years and aim to have five locations by 2019.

Our continued success in growing the Checkers brand depends on finding operators with Fatimas combination of industry experience and long-term potential, and were thrilled to have her and her father join our family, said Jennifer Durham, Vice President of Franchise Development for Checkers and Rallys Restaurants Inc. Were confident that the Ahmads will help us expand in an exciting part of the country for years to come.

Most recently, Fatima was General Manager of a local Lime Fresh Mexican Grill location, and she also gained experience assisting family friends with staffing and training a restaurant when they opened a Taco Bell restaurant in Maryland. She became familiar with Checkers after repeatedly visiting a location two of her uncles own in Maryland.

My dad and I have wanted to open a business together for a long time, and when we were doing our due diligence on all the different restaurants out there, we kept coming back to Checkers, Fatima said. Apparently, so do a lot of people. The Checkers near my house always seems to have heavy foot traffic. Were confident there is a lot of room for Checkers in and around Washington, D.C.

Checkers continues to add craveable menu selections and introduce daring flavors to its fans. Options such as Monsterella Stix, Cold Creations and the original Big Buford® aim to bring the freshest ingredients and boldest flavors to hungry guests. The company continues to innovate, and remains true to its commitment to provide crazy good food at an exceptional value.

The Checkers franchise opportunity continues to draw interest from business savvy entrepreneurs and experienced franchise industry veterans who see our constant menu innovation and growth opportunities in new and existing markets as a recipe for success, Durham said. This new development highlights the opportunity that Checkers provides for franchisees of varying backgrounds to build a successful restaurant business.

Checkers continues to grow, with opportunities for ownership available in Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, New York and Washington D.C, among other cities.

Based in Tampa, Fla., Checkers and Rallys Restaurants, Inc., an iconic and innovative drive-thru restaurant chain known for its Crazy Good Food, exceptional value, and people-first attitude, operates and franchises both Checkers® and Rallys® restaurants. With almost 800 restaurants and room to grow, Checkers & Rallys is a proven brand with flexible building formats that is aggressively expanding across the country. Checkers & Rallys is dedicated to being a place where franchisees and employees who work hard can create opportunity for themselves, their families, and their communities. In recent years, the brand has been awarded several of the industrys most prestigious awards including: Top 5 in Food Franchises by Franchise Business Review, Top 500 by Entrepreneur Magazine, Best Drive-Thru in America by QSR Magazine and the Hot! Again award from Nations Restaurant News. For more information about franchise opportunities with Checkers & Rallys, please visit


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