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IHOP coming to The Bahamas by year-end

IHOP is expected to open its doors in The Bahamas before the end of the year, according to a press statement on businesswire.com, which explained that it will be the first in the English-speaking Caribbean.

Dine Brands International and Bahamas Limited have signed an agreement that calls for 16 IHOP locations to be opened across the region over the next few years.

Dine Brands’ Regional Vice President of Franchise Operations William Urrego called the Caribbean an important growth market for his company.

“New Providence’s well-developed tourism infrastructure and recent large-scale hotel and resort investments, as well as shopping center developments, help position it as the perfect location for IHOP’s first restaurant in the Island,” said Urrego.

“We’ve seen success in Puerto Rico and believe guests in this new market are sure to fall in love with the brand’s world-famous pancakes and familiar comfort foods.”

Local franchise owner Burton Rodgers said his company cannot wait to introduce IHOP to The Bahamas and create more jobs for Bahamians.

“The brand’s relaxed atmosphere and family-friendly fare will be a welcomed addition as locals look for a place to gather at all hours,” said Rodgers.

“This will be the first of many locations to come and we look forward to providing gainful career opportunities to members of these communities.”

The statement did not reveal where the IHOP restaurant will be located.

“The new IHOP location will be a casual dining space for guests to come together and enjoy IHOP’s signature menu, in addition to special items for children and seniors, and local breakfast favorites,” the statement said.

Pinnacle Franchise Brands is expected to open a Red Lobster in The Bahamas in the early part of this year and expand into the wider Caribbean in the next few years.

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Chester Robards

Chester Robards rejoined The Nassau Guardian in November 2017 as a senior business reporter. He has covered myriad topics and events for The Nassau Guardian. Education: Florida International University, BS in Journalism

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