Las Vegas-based Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop has signed three franchise agreements to bring a total of 12 new locations to the Salt Lake City area over the next three years. The first new location is expected to open in October in Daybreak.

Capriotti’s began slow-roasting turkeys 40 years ago and hand shredding them to make sandwiches to sell in its expanding restaurant chain — now in 100 locations. There is currently one restaurant in West Valley City and a second Capriotti’s in St. George.

The new franchise agreements will bring a total of 12 new restaurants to the area:

• Brothers and Salt Lake City natives Tyler and Wade Martin will be opening three locations over the next two years, the first of which will be located in South Jordan.

• Jordan Blackburn, owner of the St. George location, will open an additional three stores in the Utah Valley area.

• Kevin Cornett will open six locations in northern Salt Lake City, with plans to have two open by the end of 2017.

“We are hoping Capriotti’s will soon become a household name throughout Utah,” said David Bloom, Capriotti’s chief development officer. “We know a lot of people from Salt Lake City look forward to stopping by Capriotti’s while on trips to Las Vegas, so we’re excited to be bringing nine new locations to this area.”

Current franchise agreements call for Capriotti’s to open 15 new shops in 2017 and will grow the brand to 500 locations by 2025 through franchising, Bloom said.

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