Mediterranean fast-casual concept The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill signed a national franchise development agreement with East West Investments to develop up to 20 restaurants on the east and west coasts of the United States.

In terms of east coast growth, initial stores in North Carolina will be in the Research Triangle Park metro area, Asheville, Boone, and Wilmington. “The Raleigh-Durham metro area has consistently ranked high for economic growth, education and living,” says Mark Lewis, director of acquisitions at East West. “With our strong university system, our national health care and research ranking and projected future job growth, which exceeds the national estimates, establishing a larger footprint for The Great Greek makes a lot of sense.” Other eastern opportunities for growth may include select cities in Florida, Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee as well as Washington, D.C., Boston, and New York City. Potential western markets include the coastal states, along with Arizona.

The Great Greek has 113 franchise locations either open or in development both domestically and internationally.