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Bojangles names Jim Cannon as chief development officer

Jim Cannon most recently served as SVP of design and construction for Focus Brands.

Bojangles has named Jim Cannon as its new chief development officer. Cannon will oversee the growth of both corporate and franchised locations for the approximately 800-unit, North-Carolina-based company, including the recruitment of new franchisees, the identification of new real estate sites and the management of development services such as building design, construction and facilities.

Cannon most recently served as senior vice president of design and construction for Focus Brands. Throughout the past 40 years, he has held several roles in design and development for quick service restaurant brands, including Inspire Brands, Arby's, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and Jack in the Box.

“We’re thrilled to bolster our development team with someone as experienced as Jim, especially during a season of focused growth for Bojangles,” President and CEO Jose Armario said in a statement. “This role is so important to our brand as we continue to grow and expand in new and existing markets via an intentional, strategic approach, and we look forward to the contributions Jim will make as we pioneer our way forward.”

Cannon's hire comes less than a year after the company named Patricia Halpin as its new vice president of growth, tasked with leading the company's franchise expansion in key domestic markets. 

According to Datassential information, Bojangles grew its footprint by nearly 2% from 2021 to 2022, while sales grew by 8.5%, to $1.6 billion. AUVs surpassed the $2 million mark after growing by 5.3% year-over-year.

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