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Zaxby’s announces strategic investment from Goldman Sachs

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ATHENS, Ga. — Zaxby’s Operating Company L.P. and its subsidiaries have announced that investment funds managed by the Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division will acquire a significant stake in the company. The partnership will support accelerated growth for Zaxby’s as well as expansion into new sales channels with a guest-focused strategy, the company noted.

The deal is expected to be finalized by year end 2020.

Zaxby’s, a fast-casual chain known for its chicken fingers, wings, and signature sauces, operates primarily in the Southeastern United States, with more than 900 restaurants in 17 states. Zaxby’s has delivered comparable sales performance for three consecutive years, and there is great demand from franchisees to grow, the company added.

“I look forward to working with the team at Goldman Sachs to continue building the brand I founded 30 years ago in Statesboro, Ga. This partnership symbolizes the strength of our company and their involvement will accelerate our growth and expansion into a national brand,” said Zach McLeroy, Zaxby’s co-founder and CEO.

Zaxby’s will leverage Goldman Sachs’ vast resources to accelerate profitable growth for the brand and franchisees while keeping guests in the forefront, the company said.

“Zaxby’s is a fantastic company with a founder-led culture, loyal customers, and talented employees. We are excited to partner with the management team to provide long-term capital for their next phase of expansion,” said Nicole Agnew, managing director in the Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division. “We are confident we can grow the brand while remaining authentic to what people love about the restaurants.”

“I am excited to have a firm like Goldman Sachs joining the Zaxby’s family. This new partnership is a testament to what our employees and franchisees have helped us create thus far. Goldman Sachs’ knowledge and resources will help continue to build upon the strong foundation we have laid out,” said Tony Townley, Zaxby’s co-founder.

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC and Stephens Inc. served as financial advisors to Zaxby’s. King & Spalding LLP and Fortson, Bentley and Griffin, P.A. served as legal advisors to Zaxby’s. Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP served as legal advisor and Goldman Sachs served as financial advisor to Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking.

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