Culver’s expansion continues

The Prairie du Sac-based Culver’s restaurant chain added 31 new restaurants in 2015 that included nine in Florida, bringing the total in the sunshine state to 21. Ground was also broken for restaurants in North Carolina and Georgia, which are scheduled to open in early 2016. Culver’s finished 2015 with 561 restaurants in 22 states.

Culver’s officials said the restaurant chain expects to exceed 600 restaurants nationwide by the end of 2016 with more than 40 new locations set to open.

Five of the 31 new restaurants opened in 2015 were attributed to the Culver’s Mentor program whereby members of a franchisee’s management team partner with their current franchisee to open their own Culver’s.