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Kuwait’s Alshaya opens debut Chicago’s Potbelly Sandwich Shop outlets

Retail giant opened two outlets in Dubai, marks the latest American brand to be added to its brand portfolio

Kuwait’s Alshaya opens debut Chicago’s Potbelly Sandwich Shop outlets
Mohammed Abdulaziz Alshaya, executive chairman of Kuwait-based MH Alshaya

MH Alshaya Co, the Kuwait retail conglomerate, has unveiled the
latest addition to its franchise portfolio, the Chicago-based chain Potbelly
Sandwich Shop.

The Kuwait retailer launched an initial two Potbelly stores
in Dubai Mall and the emirate’s Deira City Centre, but said further outlets
were in the pipeline.

The chain is the latest in a string of American brands
managed by Alshaya. The firm last month signed a 22-outlet deal with New-York
listed restaurant chain The Cheesecake Factory Inc, to expand the brand across
the Gulf.

Retail giant Alshaya operates 2,000 stores across 15
countries, and counts brands such as Starbucks, Pizza Express, American Eagle,
Boots and Pottery Barn in its portfolio.

The company employs around 20,000 people and operates 2,000
stores in 15 markets.

In November, the company said it planned to open 1,250 new
stores over the next five years.

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