73. Newk’s Express Café
Jackson, Miss. / No. of units: 25+
Investing in technology was at the top of the “to-do” list for Newk’s Express last year, and it appears to have been a wise investment. After a successful pilot of the HotSchedules Enterprise solution at three locations, the company signed a deal to implement HotSchedules in all Newk’s restaurants. Additionally in 2010, two franchise groups inked deals with Newk’s to enter the markets of Atlanta and Athens, Ga. John’s Creek, Ga.-based GBDL Holdings LLC and Atlanta’s Many Glacier Holdings LLC are slated to open their first Newk’s restaurants by spring 2011. Through the first 22 weeks of 2010, Newk reported same-store sales were up almost 10 percent over the same time period in 2009.