Nation’s Restaurant News:

Zaxby’s has signed a multi-unit development agreement with Wendy’s franchisee Hoover Foods Inc. for the Virginia cities of Richmond, Norfolk and Virginia Beach.

This is the first time Zaxby’s has sold the rights to develop an entire market, according to officials at the 550-unit fast-casual chain, which specializes in chicken fingers and Buffalo wings.

Duane Hoover, head of Hoover Foods, based in Suwanee, Ga., has developed more than 100 Wendy’s units over the past 40 years and currently owns more than 50 of them, mostly in Atlanta and Florida, as well as several Subway units. He said he was looking for a restaurant company that had a corporate culture similar to Wendy’s in terms of integrity, commitment to quality and treatment of employees and customers.