Johnny Rockets shows its commitment to open up more restaurant locations globally by appointing a new international business management expert to their global expansion team.  Johnny Rockets is an American restaurant chain that brings customers back in time to the Happy Days of the 1950s with Rock N Roll, hamburgers and shakes.

Scott Chorna was appointed as the new Senior Vice President of International Development for Johnny Rockets.  In his previous position, Chorna served as Director of International New Business for FOCUS Brands, a multi-brand fast food franchisor with over 3,800 units globally. Chorna is eyeing the Asia-Pacific region for new restaurant openings.  The company has already opened two locations in Indonesia earlier this year.

Johnny Rockets President and CEO, John Fuller, stated in a recent press release that “Scott’s impressive track record navigating emerging middle-class markets, like ones in Asia and Australia, made him the obvious choice to expand Johnny Rockets’ presence across the globe.”

Like McDonald’s, Johnny Rockets aims to deliver American hamburgers in every corner of the globe. What Johnny Rockets offers more than McDonald’s is an experience of classic Americana. Hard Rock Cafe also strives for something similar with its rock and roll theme. McDonald’s currently serves up food in 116 countries. Hard Rock Cafe is located in 55 countries. Johnny Rockets is in 16 countries at the moment.

Whether it McDonald’s, Hard Rock Cafe, Johnny Rockets, Subway or Baskin-Robbins, a beneficial trickle-down effect on the local economy happens in the places they do business in. They hire locals, and they grow the local supply chains attached to local farmers. Over 7,500 people are employed by Johnny Rockets around the globe. Each year, Johnny Rockets serves 17 million hamburgers, 11.3 million soda pops, 8.3 million shakes and malts, 8 million pounds of fries, 2.1 million orders of onion rings and 815,000 gallons of ice cream.  It’s a win-win proposition for American business and the host country.

In October, two Johnny Rockets restaurants opened in Qatar. The company’s first location outside the U.S. was in Kuwait in December 1995.  The Arabian Peninsula now hosts over 16 locations. This year showed a plethora of more grand openings. Costa Rica welcomed its first Johnny Rockets in September. Earlier in the year, Ecuador and Honduras opened its first Johnny Rockets. The company has also announced plans to open twenty more in India in the near future.

– Maria Caluag

Sources: Digital Journal, Johnny Rockets
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