Burger King to open 1,000 stores in China

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(AP) NEW YORK - Burger King (BKC) is setting its sights on China.

The world's second-largest hamburger chain says it will open 1,000 restaurants in the country over the next five to seven years. It's the largest multi-unit development deal in Burger King's history.

Burger King said Friday that its China expansion is a joint venture with the Kurdoglu family, which runs Burger King restaurants in Turkey, and private equity firm Cartesian Capital Group.

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Burger King strikes deal to expand in Russia

The Kurdoglu family currently operates Burger King's largest international franchise.

It's just the latest international expansion deal for Miami-based Burger King. Earlier this month, the chain announced plans to open several hundred new locations in Russia. A similar expansion deal was inked with a franchisee in Brazil last year.

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