Checkers & Rally franchisee acquires 30 restaurants from Rally


Checkers & Rally’s, an iconic and innovative drive-thru restaurant chain known for its bold, flavorful dishes at exceptional value and its people-oriented attitude, today announced that franchisee Falcons Burger has purchased 30 restaurants from Rally to fellow longtime franchisee Joe Hertzman following his decision to retire. The acquisition of units in the Kentucky and Indiana markets makes Falcons Burger Checkers & Rally’s largest franchisee with a total of 57 restaurants in multiple states. Additionally, Falcons Burger continues to grow through the construction of new restaurants.

“The Falcons Burger team has grown tremendously and we are proud of their success,” said Kris McDonald, Vice President of Development, Checkers & Rally’s. “The growth story is made even sweeter by the transfer of Rally units between other franchisees. Joe was one of our very first Rally franchisees over 30 years ago, and we are grateful for dedication and for truly embodying the Checkers & Rally’s values ​​for decades.”

The Falcons Group (parent company of Falcons Burger) is a multi-concept franchise company led by Ali Chunara, President, Shamsu Charania, CEO and Sundar Pillai, Administrative Director.

“Checkers & Rally’s has a proven and beloved concept that continues to grow and improve with an eye to the future. We see great opportunity for return on investment, white space to grow, and technological innovation that will support operations and meet consumer demands,” Mr. Charania said. “We congratulate Joe on his retirement and look forward to being stewards of the 30 Rally restaurants we have acquired.”

Checkers & Rally’s pioneered the dual drive-thru restaurant model and continues to focus on nationwide growth and further strengthen its multi-unit franchise system. Its small real estate footprint, dual drive-thru and advanced delivery-focused concept have worked particularly well as consumer preference continues to shift to off-site options, fueling the growth of new and existing franchisees.

Checkers has 850 locations nationwide and continues to grow. To learn more about its franchising opportunities, please visit

About Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc.
Based in Tampa, Florida, Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc., an iconic and innovative drive-thru restaurant chain known for its bold, mouth-watering food, famous fries, exceptional value and people-oriented attitude, operates and franchises both Checkers® and Rally’s® restaurants. With 850 restaurants and room for growth, Checkers & Rally’s is a proven brand with flexible building formats that is growing aggressively across the country. Checkers & Rally’s is dedicated to being a place where franchisees and hard-working employees can create opportunities for themselves, their families and their communities. Over the past few years, the brand has won many of the most prestigious awards in the industry, including: “#1 Most Craveable Fries” by Restaurant Business 2020 and 2018; Best Franchise Deal and “Best Drive-Thru in America” ​​by QSR Magazine; Best Food and Beverage Franchise by Franchise Business Review; the Nation’s Restaurant News “Hot! Again” award and has consistently been ranked on the Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500.

SOURCE Checkers & Rally’s Restaurants, Inc.


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