Papa Bello launches franchising program

Baltimore Papa Bello Enterprises said Friday it will franchise its Italian eatery chain in Maryland, according to a report in the Baltimore Business Journal.

The restaurant chain currently operates stores inside Wal-Mart Superstores as well as stand-alone operations.

Papa Bello also registered to franchise in Virginia and California. The registration process is expected to take a few weeks, pending individual state review, comment and due diligence.

Locations cost between $150,000 and $250,000 to start, and range from 1,600 sq. ft. to 2,400 sq. ft.

Currently, the franchise operates 19 locations in the South and Midwest.

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