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Nathan's Famous crosses the border

CALGARY—Canada’s first Nathan’s Famous restaurant is slated to open by the end of 2010.

Drumheller, AB-based Canalta, the master franchise license holder for Canada, plans to expand the concept across the country with most locations sold as franchises.

Jade Alberts, Canalta’s national sales director, said the company has some sites in mind for Nathan’s locations, however no franchises have been sold as of yet. The first store will be corporately owned, according to Alberts.

“It’s definitely going to be in the Calgary area,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of interest from people across Canada about franchising.”

Alberts had no specific numbers on how many locations are expected to open in Canada, except to say they would entertain offers from any part of the country.

The company is working with Nathan’s head office in New York State to come up with a design for the Canadian restaurants.

Alberts said Nathan’s restaurants could range in size from 200 square feet mini outlets up to 2,500 square foot locations, with plenty of seating and a drive through window.

Canalta’s deal with Nathan’s also includes foodservice and retail grocery store distribution across Canada.

Canalta currently operates 19 A&W locations in Alberta and Saskatchewan, along with six Alberta Boston Pizza restaurants and three O’Shea’s Irish Pub locations.

Nathan’s Famous is best known for its annual hot dog eating contest, which takes place on the Fourth of July.

Its first location opened as a small hot dog stand on Coney Island in New York in 1916. There are now 234 Nathan’s locations in the United States and four foreign countries.

Nathan’s products are already being sold in retail locations and supermarkets across the country, Alberts said.

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