Zippy's betting on Vegas

Zippy's Restaurants is on the hunt for the perfect Las Vegas location to open its first location outside of Hawaii. Although the Vegas opening will mark Zippy's 25th restaurant, it will be the first in the continental U.S., according to a company press release.

Zippy's, which opened 51 years ago, is a three-in-one concept: Locations are a combination of fast casual takeout counters, a casual full-service dining restaurant and a full-line bakery, Zippy's CEO Jason Higa, said in the release.  It serves Hawaiian staples, including chili, Zip Pac bentos and other local plate lunch favorites.

"For many years, we have been asked to expand Zippy's to the mainland, and we believe that the Zippy's brand will be well-received in Las Vegas," said Higa, who hopes to open the unit early next year. "The city is a natural fit for our brand given the significant number of Hawaii transplants in the area and we believe it is the ideal choice for our first location outside of Hawaii."

The company has distributed a request for proposal to Las Vegas commercial real estate owners and brokers outlining the space requirements — 9,000 to 10,000 square feet —  needed for a stand-alone location.

"The 2,200 employees of Zippy's and its sister companies are very excited for this next phase of growth in our business," Paul Yokota, president of Zippy's, said in the release. "We are excited to introduce ourselves to new customers, as well as welcome new staff members into our ‘ohana (family)."

Topics: Franchising & Growth

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