Wendy’s announced plans Wednesday to sell 640 of its company-owned restaurants in the United States and Canada.
The sales are a part of the burger chain’s plan to reduce the number of company-owned locations.
The company hopes to sell the restaurants to franchisees. Wendy’s stock rose 7% on the news.
It intends to sell 380 restaurants this year and another 260 in 2016. The company is working with a private equity group to manage the sale, which will be directed at existing Wendy’s franchise owners.
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CEO Emil Brolick said the goal is to “drive further growth opportunities for expanded restaurant ownership to strong operators.” He expects the deal to generate up to $475 million in cash.
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