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Cdn Western's CWB Franchise to provide loan to Mercatto

2018-07-12 10:13 ET - News Release

Mr. Ed Khediguian reports


Canadian Western Bank's CWB Franchise Finance (CWB), a division of CWB Financial Group, has provided a debt consolidation term loan, a relocation financing term loan and a development line facility to Mercatto Hospitality Group (Mercatto). The Canadian restaurant brand, open since 1998, operates five restaurants in downtown Toronto and is run by Jack Scarangella, Domenic Scarangella and Steve Christian. The funds will be used to assist with development of new locations, as well as renovations and updates of existing units as required.

"We're excited to have put together an all-inclusive financing package tailored to Mercatto's short- and long-term needs," explained Dimitri Mazur, senior manager at CWB Franchise Finance's restaurant division. "This financing supports the relocation of their original restaurant on Toronto Street to Wellington Street, and provides immediate access to funds for future projects over a two-year period, with approval and document completed upfront. We appreciate the opportunity to work with Mercatto's highly successful team and look forward to assisting them with their upcoming projects."

"Mercatto Restaurants is always looking for opportunities to expand and refresh existing locations," noted Jack Scarangella, Mercatto Hospitality Group's co-founder and partner. "This development line allows us to be nimble when it comes to bidding on new sites or projects. CWB's domain expertise is second to none in the restaurant industry and their connections are a true testament of their knowledge in the space. It has been a pleasant and rewarding experience so far and we look forward to many years of collaboration."

About CWB Franchise Finance

CWB Franchise Finance, a division of CWB Financial Group, specializes in financing for regional and national restaurants and hotels, and is a leading lender to the Canadian restaurant and hospitality industries. Previously GE Capital Canada's franchise financing arm, CWB Franchise Finance was acquired by CWB Financial Group in 2016 following a successful record of more than 800 clients with upward of 1,525 property locations over 14 years. To date, more than $3-billion has been invested in the Canadian hotel and restaurant space.

About CWB Financial Group

CWB is a diversified financial services organization serving businesses and individuals across Canada. Operating from its headquarters in Edmonton, Alta., CWB's key business lines include full-service business and personal banking offered through 42 branches of Canadian Western Bank and Internet banking services provided by Motive Financial.

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