Burger King Corp. has announced that its Canadian subsidiaries have sold 20 restaurants in Ontario to Heartland Food Corp. of Canada as part of the company’s ongoing strategic portfolio management. Additionally, Heartland Food Corp. simultaneously closed on the acquisition of 14 previously franchised BURGER KINGÂ® restaurants in Ontario.
â€˜We are delighted to have Heartland Food Corp. as a franchise owner and operator in Canada,â€™ said Chuck Fallon, president, North America, Burger King Corp. â€˜As our third largest North American franchisee for the BURGER KINGÂ® brand, Heartland Food Corp. will continue to penetrate the Canada market by developing new restaurants in the upcoming years.â€™
Heartland Food Corp. currently owns 257 BURGER KINGÂ® restaurants, the 34 purchased in Canada and 223 throughout the U.S. in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. In 2005, the company was awarded the BURGER KINGÂ® Brand Leadership Award.
â€˜We look forward to providing the growth and development opportunities to our management and employees at our recently acquired restaurants. Watching people grow into leaders is what makes our business special, and keeps the Heartland Food Corp. team strong,â€™ said President and CEO Steve Wiborg of Heartland Food Corp.