At the 100-Mark – 21-Yrs Later…..

In early May, the Calgary-based quick casual OPA! of Greece Greek/Mediterranean restaurants has just opened its 100th location, a 1050 square foot location in the Country Hills Town Centre in northwest Calgary. The opening comes just one year after the company celebrated its 20-anniversary and by coincidence, the new unit is owned in part by OPA!’s first franchisee and current CEO, Dorrie Karras.     Niko Tiginagas, OPA!’s Founder and Greek-native, opened the first OPA! location in Calgary’s Market Mall in 1998, and its quick success led him to sell the first franchise location shortly thereafter.  Today, OPA! of Greece presently operates quick service and quick casual restaurants from British Columbia to Ontario and the franchise chain continues to source both mall and strip centre locations. There are several new locations underway in Las Vegas, Vancouver, Richmond, Calgary, Cochrane, Lloydminster, Airdrie and Lethbridge and currently the expansion focus is on growth on the United States as well as British Columbia’s Lower Mainland region and Ontario. The restaurants feature a menu of original recipes including marinated and grilled souvlaki skewers of beef, pork, chicken, lamb, shrimp or gyro, pita wraps, salads and sides using fresh, high quality ingredients.  Director of Development Ammar Georges explained that the chain operates both as a quick service food court concept as well as the larger quick casual restaurants with seating. It continues to source the 400 square foot food court locations in the malls and mixed-use projects. The chain is also targeting the street front and grocery and/or mass merchandise-anchored open centres for growth.  The larger units are generally in the 1200 to 1400 square foot range with seating for about 34 people.

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Chain Name: OPA! of Greece
Company Name: OPA! Souvlaki Franchise Group Inc.
Mailing Address: 7235 Flint Rd. SE, Calgary, Alberta T2H 1G2
Tel:  866/672-3566                         Fax: 404/271-4236
Email:   Website:
Menu Specialty: Greek, Mediterranean
Introduced: In 1998, Greek-native Niko Tiginagas opened the first OPA! in Market Mall in Calgary
No. of Locations: 100 from British Columbia to Ontario.
Areas of Operation: Canada
Types of Location: Mall and free standing
Business Type (corp., franchise, jv): Franchise
Size Req’d: 400 sq ft for food court, 1000 - 1400 sq.ft. for freestanding
Special Requirements (patio, drive-thru, etc):
Company Contacts:  Dorrie Karras – CEO
Mike MacDonald – Director, Marketing
Ammar Georges - DirectorDevelopment (403/984-9745
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Franchise Representatives:

Parent Company: OPA of Greece, Calgary, Alberta
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