Schlotzsky39s location in Moscow

Schlotzsky's location in Moscow

Schlotzsky's opens first Russia location

Franchisee plans more openings despite tensions, ruble slide

Even as tensions between Russia and the West grow and the nation’s ruble currency slides in value, U.S. restaurant brands continue to expand into the country.

Austin, Texas-based Schlotzsky’s, a division of Atlanta-based Focus Brands, opened its first restaurant in Russia on Nov. 10 in Moscow. Its master franchisee plans 50 more restaurants in seven former Soviet countries over the next 10 years, the company said.

“We are thrilled to expand the Schlot

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