Orange County Business Journal

Johnny Rockets to Pakistan

Kari Hamanaka Friday, October 26, 2012

Aliso Viejo-based Johnny Rockets Restaurant Group Inc. signed a franchise agreement for 10 restaurants in Pakistan.

The first restaurant is planned for spring at a mall in Karachi. Lahore is being eyed for the next location.

The rest of the restaurants under the franchise agreement are expected to open by 2022.

The agreement in Pakistan comes on the heels of a franchise deal for eight stores planned in Central America.

Johnny Rockets totals more than 300 restaurants, with more than 200 in the U.S.

The company established an international division in July, with the goal of increasing franchising outside the U.S.

Johnny Rockets is the 8th-largest restaurant chain based in Orange County, with an estimated $300 million in annual sales, according to the Business Journal’s annual list. It now counts more than 300 restaurants, mostly franchised, with more than 200 in the U.S.