Wednesday, September 24, 2008

100th Shari's Restaurant Opens in Idaho Falls

IDAHO FALLS, ID--(Marketwire - September 9, 2008) - Shari's chain of 24-hour family dining restaurants reached the century mark this week with the opening of the 100th location in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

"This is an exciting milestone in our growth," said Bruce MacDiarmid, Shari's Chief Executive Officer. "Reaching 100 locations is the result of hard work by the entire team at Shari's, who have created a community of loyal customers by serving quality food in a comfortable environment."

Over the past 30 years, Shari's has built a wonderful reputation for friendly service, delicious home-style food, and family-value pricing. Breakfast is one of Shari's specialties, featuring exclusive creations like Cinnamasation French Toast and Stuffed Hashbrowns. And don't forget the pie! Shari's has a wide selection of fruit and cream pies to enjoy with a meal, or as a whole pie to-go.

In addition to offering another dining choice to the Idaho Falls community, Shari's also brings new employment opportunities to the area. The restaurant has hired 90 local employees to staff the new restaurant.

Shari's Idaho Falls restaurant is located at 1330 W. Broadway. The building features an updated design for the chain, with an elevated tower topped with a skylight roof for a contemporary look, while retaining sections of the red tile roof and color palette that customers are familiar with from other Shari's locations. The interior has been designed to be warm and comfortable for customers, with the ability to seat nearly 180 guests at a time.

About Shari's Restaurants: Shari's ( is the largest full-service restaurant chain based in the Pacific Northwest. Founded in 1978 and operated by Shari's Management Corporation of Beaverton, Oregon, Shari's Restaurants provide customers high quality, reasonably-priced meals 24-hours a day in a comfortable surrounding. Shari's menu features a full selection of breakfasts, salads, gourmet sandwiches, hamburgers, dinner entrees, desserts and pies. With nearly 4,500 employees, the chain currently has 100 locations throughout Oregon, Washington, California, Wyoming, Idaho, and Nebraska.

NAI Commerce One brokers Steven Keim and Steven Frei represented the Landlord, Renaissance Partners, LLP, in this "Build to Suit" and long term lease transaction with Shari's Restaurant. In addition to creating the site for Shari's, the site development resulted in the cleanup of the Broadway/I-15 Gateway arterial. This cleanup resulted in the creation of a beautiful decorative fence, landscaping and entrance monument at the north bound on-ramp of I-15 at Broadway Avenue in Idaho Falls.

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