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FRANCHISE ASSOCIATES, INC. AND COUNTRY KITCHEN RESTAURANTS ANNOUNCE DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT

 SOUTH WEYMOUTH, Mass., Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Franchise Associates, Inc. (FAI), exclusive franchiser of Howard Johnson's Restaurants in the United States and other parts of North America today joined with Country Hospitality Corp., the parent company of Country Kitchen(R) Restaurants around the world in announcing agreements which will expand the Country Kitchen system through the FAI organization.
 The agreements, which include an Independent Broker Agreement and a Development Agreement, will permit FAI to develop and operate Country Kitchen Restaurants plus locate and recruit potential franchisees to own and operate franchised Country Kitchen Restaurants. The agreements were announced jointly by Arthur P. Barrett, president of Franchise Associates, Inc., and Frank Steed, president of Country Hospitality Corp.
 Franchise Associates, Inc. is a management and marketing company owned and operated by Howard Johnson's Restaurant franchisees. FAI is the exclusive franchiser of Howard Johnson's Restaurants in the United States, its territories and possessions, Panama, and the Bahama Islands. FAI currently has 85 franchised and 19 company-owned Howard Johnson's Restaurants in its system.
 Country Kitchen Restaurants currently include 235 franchised locations in the United States plus Canada and Puerto Rico. The company is also aggressively expanding worldwide and has recently completed development agreements in Asia, the South Pacific and Europe. Country Hospitality Corp. also includes Country Lodging By Carlson, which franchises 30 moderately priced country style inns around the United States and Canada.
 George P. Carter, chairman of FAI, said the new affiliation with the well-known and respected Country Kitchen Restaurant chain was an important milestone in FAI's seven year history. "We will continue to promote and expand our current Howard Johnson's concept. However, this new and exciting association with Country Kitchen Restaurants will enable us to offer a very viable alternative and will allow FAI to grow at a much faster pace in the 1990s," Carter said.
 Michael Squires, senior vice president of development for Country Hospitality Corp. and its parent company Carlson Hospitality Group, said the agreements provide an important avenue of expansion for the Country Kitchen Restaurant chain into new geographic areas. "We expect that this new agreement will play a key role in our aggressive global expansion plans during this decade," Squires said.
 Country Hospitality Corporation is a part of Carlson Hospitality Group, Inc., whose operations include Radisson Hotels International, Colony Hotels & Resorts and T.G.I. Friday's restaurants. Carlson Hospitality Group is a division of Carslon Companies, Inc., one of America's largest privately held corporations with 1991 systemwide revenues in excess of $9.3 billion.
 Other operations of Carlson Companies include Carlson Travel Network, one of the world's largest travel agency organizations, and the Carlson Marketing Group, a world leader in the incentive and promotion industries. Carlson Companies' corporate headquarters are located in Minneapolis.
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