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Last week, What Now Philadelphia reported that Jiger Patel and Pranav Desai of The Integrity Group (TIG) signed an eight-unit deal to bring Hollywood-born and Nashville-inspired Dave’s Hot Chicken to Philadelphia. However, TIG has plenty more up its sleeve, having recently inked a deal for 30 locations of the fast-casual Mexican restaurant, Qdoba, throughout the region.
With plans to open a total of 60 restaurants across five states over the next 10 years, TIG hit the 31 mark with an outpost in Bensalem back in July, but that’s just the beginning as the franchise group continues looking for locations.
“There’s lots of scouting going on,” around the Bucks County, east Philly, and Montgomery area Shane Lenahan, TIG’s director of operations tells What Now Philadelphia. “The guys are meticulous, identifying proper locations before we get out and set forth.”
According to an article published in the Philadelphia Business Journal in July, “[TIG] has at least four active letters of intent under negotiation in the Philadelphia area as well as four active leases in the tri-state area for new Qdoba openings.”
Two of those openings are expected to launch in the next few months – one in a former Manalapan, New Jersey Blaze Pizza located at 33 US 9 South and the other in Staten Island – says Lenahan.
Nevertheless, as Lenahan told the Business Journal, “Right now our main focus is where we kind of started; in this Bucks, Montgomery county area and there’s a lot of growth coming.”