Cara beefs up restaurant presence in Quebec as St-Hubert chicken deal closes
A St-Hubert restaurant is seen in Montreal Thursday, March 31, 2016. (Peter McCabe / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
The Canadian Press
Published Friday, September 2, 2016 2:16PM EDT
VAUGHAN, Ont. -- The St-Hubert restaurant and food-manufacturing business is now part of the Cara group, which sees the $537-million acquisition as a strategic move that dramatically increases its presence in Quebec.
Founded in 1951 by the Leger family, St-Hubert is well-known in Quebec for its rotisserie chicken and its trademark symbol -- a smiling red-plumed rooster on a bright yellow background.
It's also considered an innovator in Quebec's restaurant and food-manufacturing sector, as an early adopter of home-delivery as well as a producer of food products from its own manufacturing and distribution centres.
Cara Operations Ltd. (TSX:CAO) of Vaughan, Ont., says the "historic alliance" will provide St-Hubert with opportunities to grow within its home province and other parts of Canada.
The Toronto-area company will improve its market penetration in Quebec to one restaurant per 49,000 people, from one per 140,000 prior to the St-Hubert acquisition.
In Cara's home province, it has about one restaurant per 21,000 people under a wide range of banners that includes the Swiss Chalet rotisserie chicken business, Harvey's hamburgers and several casual-dining chains.