Pizza Ranch has signed a franchise agreement with Mike and Angie Christianson to open a new location in Billings, Mont. The new restaurant is slated to open in August 2012 and is the first of eight restaurants the Christiansons plan to open throughout Montana.

"We are thrilled to be opening a new Pizza Ranch restaurant and invite the local community to share in our excitement. We look forward to serving each of our guests fresh, great tasting food with unrivaled guest service," said Mike Christianson. "Everyone will enjoy our one-of-a-kind dining environment, not to mention limitless menu offerings that provide something for everyone. We pride ourselves on offering fans more craveable reasons to keep them coming back for more."

He most recently worked as a district manager for Radio Shack and often took lunch breaks at the local Pizza Ranch. After noticing the popularity and growth potential of the restaurant concept in North Dakota, the Christiansons decided to open a Pizza Ranch of their own. They now own multiple locations in North Dakota.

In addition to its dine-in buffet, Pizza Ranch will offer carry-out and delivery services for any of its menu items.

Pizza Ranch has more than 160 locations in nine states in the Midwest and is currently executing an aggressive growth plan to more than double its presence in key U.S. markets.

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