Sbarro has announced plans to open 20 eateries in Ontario, Canada. This the latest in a series of franchise agreements that have recently expanded Sbarro's international presence across Europe, the Middle East, South America, Asia and the Pacific.

Sbarro has partnered with master franchisor Youssef Hassoun, owner of Hassoun Enterprises Ltd., to develop and operate units exclusively in Ontario. The company opened its first Sbarro location at North York City Center in Toronto earlier this year (January 2013), and opened a second eatery at the Bramalea City Center in Brampton, Ontario, earlier this month.

"Sbarro's continued international growth is a direct result of the priority we place on choosing great franchise partners," said J. David Karam, CEO of Sbarro. "Youssef is an exceptional owner and operator with a tremendous record of success and extensive knowledge of the Ontario market."

The franchise agreement with Hassoun Enterprises Ltd. expands Sbarro's footprint in Canada to more than 30 locations. By the end of August 2013, Hassoun will open three more Sbarro eateries at the following locations throughout Ontario: Rouge Valley Centenary Hospital in Scarborough; Hunt Club in Ottawa; and Simon Premium Outlet Center in Toronto.

Sbarro currently operates more than 1,000 eateries across 40 countries with more than 400 of those restaurants located outside the U.S.

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