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Carrolls, world's largest Burger King franchisee, adding 21 NYS venues

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Carrols Restaurant Group Inc. is one the largest Burger King franchise holder in the world. On Thursday, it announced it is planning to get even bigger.

The company has entered into an agreement with the Kessler Group Inc. to acquire 21 restaurant in the Rochester area and the Southern Tier. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Carrolls, which is headquartered in Syracuse, will own nearly 600 BK franchises in 13 states, employing more than 17,000 people once the deal is completed, according to company records. Daniel T. Accordino is the president and CEO. The company's origins date to 1960, when Carrols Systems was founded as a division of a larger Midwestern firm, and Herbert N. Slotnick was granted the exclusive license rights to Carrolls restaurants for the State of New York.

In late 1975, the company entered into an agreement with Burger King Corp. to convert some of its Carrolls fast-food restaurants to the BK brand, and to phase out the remaining Carrolls spots.

Burger King Corp. is the world's second largest quick-service hamburger chain, with more than 11,100 restaurants in 65 countries and international territories around the world and in all 50 states. Worldwide, its restaurant sales exceed $11.1 billion.

One of the advantages of working with such a major franchise holder as Carrolls is a career path not usually associated with fast-food jobs. It provides uniform training programs that help mentor employees en route to becoming team Leaders and shift managers and provides additional development training that includes a team of management trainers, classroom courses, cyber training and ongoing mentoring.

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