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Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom, a casual dining restaurant known for its handcrafted pizza, taproom fare and vast craft beer selection, announced this week it signed a four-unit franchise development agreement to open new restaurants in South Carolina.

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The first location is slated to open in Myrtle Beach in the fourth quarter of 2016, and locations in Greenville, Spartanburg and Horry counties will follow over the next three years, with the next location slated to open in the third quarter of 2017. Exact restaurant locations have not yet been determined, said a company spokesperson.

All four restaurants will be part of Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom’s new restaurant prototype – a 5,000-square-foot building with an additional 1,000-1,200 square feet of outdoor patio space, a new kitchen and upgraded bar technology. The announcement is part of Old Chicago’s aggressive franchise expansion plans for South Carolina.

The South Carolina restaurants will be owned and operated by CRG Pizza Inc. by longtime entrepreneur Brent Collier and his daughters, Lori Collier and Elise Collier Massey. Collier also operates other franchises, including The Melting Pot, Quaker Steak & Lube, Golden Corral and T.G.I. Friday’s.

Old Chicago operates in 24 states with more than 100 restaurants nationwide. Visit oldchicago.com to learn more.

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