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The chicken acquisition of 2016: A look at Cara Operations and St-Hubert

VAUGHAN, Ont. — Cara Operations, the owner of Swiss Chalet, is buying Quebec rotisserie chicken chain St-Hubert for $537 million. Here's a look at both companies:

Cara:

Founded: 1883.

The Menu: 1,010 restaurants, 973 of which are in Canada. They include Swiss Chalet, Harvey's, Milestones, Montana's, Kelsey's, East Side Mario's, New York Fries, Prime Pubs, Bier Markt and Landing restaurants.

Employees: 26,000.

Head office: Vaughan, Ont.

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St-Hubert:

Founded: 1951.

The Menu: 117 restaurants, all but nine of which are in Quebec. Eighty restaurants are full-service locations and the rest are express outlets. Also operates a food manufacturing business, which makes two-thirds of its sales through corporate customers such as Sobeys, Loblaw and Metro.

Employees: 10,000.

Head offices: Laval and Boisbriand in Quebec.

The Canadian Press

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