Rick Di Donato Joins Redberry Group as Development Director

Anna Wolfe
Senior Editor - Restaurants
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Redberry Group welcomes Rick Di Donato to the position of Director, Development. 

In this newly-created role, Rick will be responsible for overseeing new store development and accelerating Redberry’s expansion strategy in Canada. With over 16 years of experience in retail, Rick is an expert in both full service and QSR real estate. Prior to joining Redberry, he led the real estate function for Starbucks Coffee Canada, Inc. where he oversaw an aggressive new store development strategy in the GTA. Before Starbucks, Di Donato was Director, Real Estate for Prime Restaurants Inc. and worked a number of years leading new store development at Tim Hortons.

Earlier this year, City Capital Ventures, LLC , a private investment partnership headquartered in Chicago,  announced the acquisition of Toronto-based Redberry Group and plans to accelerate new unit growth for both the Burger King and Pizza Hut brands in Canada.

Founded in 2005, Redberry Group is one of the largest quick-service restaurant franchisees in North America with 134 restaurants consisting of 111 Burger King restaurants and 23 Pizza Hut restaurants. The Burger King locations represent 40% of all Canadian Burger King locations across Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba. Redberry’s Pizza Hut units are located in Alberta.