DENVER – Smashburger has signed its first two lease agreements in the Calgary market, entering Canada for the first time. Its first Calgary location is planned to open in 2012 with plans to open 10 to 15 units in the Calgary and Edmonton markets in the future.

Smashburger’s move into Canada marks the second international commitment for the company, which comes on the heels of its recent franchise agreements for the Middle East.

“Canada is a very attractive market to us and we believe we are bringing a unique, premium dining experience at a competitive price point to local residents,” said Dave Prokupek, chairman and CEO. “In addition to our company locations here, we are in active discussions with potential franchise partners to further expand our presence with experienced operators in both Vancouver and Toronto.”

Smasburger will continue its focus on serving a localized menu for patrons in Calgary with the addition of a locally inspired burger developed specifically for area residents. The regional burger will be unveiled at the time of the opening.

Developed and owned by private-equity firm Consumer Capital Partners (CCP), Smashburger operates 131 restaurants in the US.