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Bojangles Bolsters Development Team

Restaurant chain Bojangles hired Byron Chandler to serve as chief development officer. Bojangles also tapped company veteran Jose Costa to serve as chief growth officer.

In his new role, Chandler assumes responsibility for leading Bojangles’ real estate, construction and design teams and implementing the company’s strategic plans to build its real estate portfolio for future growth. Chandler will begin with the company on June 7.

A veteran of the quick-service restaurant industry, Chandler’s resume includes a 20-year stint with McDonald’s, where he most recently served as head of the chain’s new site acquisition team. In addition, Chandler worked for BurgerBusters, a Yum! Brands franchisee, where he led real estate acquisition and construction management of new and remodeled Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut restaurants

In his new role, Costa will focus on national franchising and international growth. Costa has led franchise development at Bojangles for the past two years and played a role in such recent deals as Love’s Travel Stops, long-time Bojangles’ franchisee Jeff Rigsy and Chaac Foods to expand the chain’s presence in new and existing markets.