Panda Express owner Panda Restaurant Group has signed a franchise agreement with Raising Cane’s to open locations of the Baton Rouge, La.-based company's chicken finger concept in Hawaii and Alaska, according to news reports.

Spokespeople for Rosemead-based Panda Restaurant Group and Raising Cane’s didn’t immediately respond to phone calls.

The Chinese fast food company has struck deals to open U.S. locations of other emerging restaurant companies recently, including Japan’s Uncle Tetsu and Ippudo.

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