Foodservice

Charley & Barney's Expanding into C-Stores

Indiana chili, burger chain in Village Pantry, Crystal Flash, Hoosier Pete

INDIANAPOLIS -- Chili and burger parlor Charlie & Barney's, founded in 1977 by Richard Hogshire, has been expanding recently into convenience stores around the state of Indiana.

Most recently, locations have opened in a Village Pantry in Fairmount, Ind., and Crystal Flash on the west side of Indianapolis, with four locations in Muncie at the Hoosier Pete Convenience Stores and plans in the works for more locations.

The longtime central Indiana chain has offered chili and hand-packed cheeseburgers from two locations downtown. [image-nocss] Charlie & Barney's is poised for controlled yet aggressive expansion, the Indianapolis-based company said.

Bill Church, Hogshire's partner and Charlie & Barney's president, said, Charlie & Barney's provides a high-quality, name-branded foodservice solutions forc-store owners. We are a restaurant inside of the store. We serve restaurant quality food in a very short amount of time and this is perfect for the c-store customer on the go. High quality and fast.

Church also said that he has just reached an agreement with hot dog giant Nathan's Famous of Coney Island, N.Y., to begin offering the Nathan's all-beef hot dog in all Charlie & Barney's units beginning in mid-July.

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