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Health-conscious fast-food chain UFood Grills to open in P.R.

Healthy fast-food restaurant UFood Grill is poised to enter the local market later this year with the first of eight planned locations in Puerto Rico, Boston-based UFood Restaurant Group Inc. announced.

The nutrition-conscious eatery has contracted with local franchisee Manuel Rivera to develop and operate eight UFood Grills in Puerto Rico. The associated investment to open the restaurants was not immediately available Monday.

“This is a great opportunity to expand our brand beyond the continental U.S.,” said UFood CEO George Naddaff. “This will allow us to introduce UFood to the residents of Puerto Rico, while making our delicious and nutritious food available to our customers in the States who visit the island.”

UFood Grill offers a healthy lifestyle alternative to consumers in the fast-casual restaurant space, with a wide-ranging menu that includes lean burgers, rice bowls, salads, wraps and smoothies.

“I was one of the first customers to patronize the original Low Fat-No Fat restaurant in 2000, which later became UFood Grill,” said Rivera, a former Boston resident. “I am proud and excited to have the opportunity to bring the healthy UFood Grill menu to Puerto Rico where I believe the concept of better-for-you food will achieve great success.”

The company currently has eight locations in Boston, Dallas and Cleveland, including three airports (Logan Airport, Dallas Ft. Worth International Airport and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport), urban areas and Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.

In addition, the company will be opening three additional units this year on the Aberdeen Proving Ground military base in Maryland, is approved to open two airport units in the Salt Lake City International Airport, and one unit in the Omni Club fitness center in Fort Myers, Florida, company officials said.

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Business reporter with 29 years of experience writing for weekly and daily newspapers, as well as trade publications in Puerto Rico. My list of former employers includes Caribbean Business, The San Juan Star, and the Puerto Rico Daily Sun, among others. My areas of expertise include telecommunications, technology, retail, agriculture, tourism, banking and most other segments of Puerto Rico’s economy.

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