Cara Acquires St. Hubert for $537 Million

Quebec-based St-Hubert restaurants has agreed to be acquired by the owner of the Swiss Chalet chain for $537 million, creating a rotisserie-chicken titan among Canadian restaurant chains.

In addition to 120 outlets, almost all of them in Quebec, Cara Operations will acquire two food manufacturing plants, two distribution centres and a real estate portfolio.

Cara says St-Hubert will fit strategically with its business, which includes numerous restaurant brands such as Swiss Chalet, Harvey’s and Milestones.

“For Cara, this is also an opportunity to solidify a more significant presence in Quebec,” Cara chief executive Bill Gregson said in a release. “Today, we are very proud to be associated with this Quebec jewel and our desire is to propel its growth and influence.”

Cara currently has 1,010 franchised and corporate restaurants, including 37 located internationally.

Cara also sees St-Hubert’s food manufacturing business — which makes two-thirds of its sales through external customers such as Sobeys, Loblaw, Costco and Metro — as a major growth opportunity.

St-Hubert has more than 10,000 employees, the company said. It was founded in Montreal in 1951.