Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza today announced that two multiunit franchise groups have signed agreements to develop eight stores in Detroit and Grand Rapids, Mich.; seven stores in Columbus, Ohio; six stores in Indianapolis; and 10 stores in the East Bay and South Bay regions of Northern California.

These most recent franchise agreements further expand Blaze Pizza's growing national footprint which includes the West Coast (California), the Northeast (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut), the Midwest (Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Ohio) and the Southeast (Florida). Additional markets in these four key development areas are expected to be announced soon.

Detroit, Grand Rapids, Indianapolis and Columbus are being developed by Blaze Midwest Inc. Partners Randy Stuck, Rodney Walker, Steven Stuck and James Sutika currently operate nine TGI Friday's and 42 Taco Bell restaurants in the Michigan and Ohio markets.

"We believe that fast casual pizza is the next big category, and we want to participate," Randy Stuck said. "We've chosen to partner with Blaze Pizza because they've done a great job building a strong, scalable brand that is a perfect fit for experienced multiunit operators like us."

Blaze Midwest's first Blaze Pizza restaurant is scheduled to open this fall in Royal Oak, Mich., a suburb of Detroit.

The East Bay and South Bay regions of the Northern California Bay Area are being developed by Baker Boys Consulting Inc. The Bakers currently operate more than 30 nationally recognized QSR restaurants throughout California.

The Bakers also executed a second franchise development agreement to open five Blaze Pizzas in Northern San Diego.

"After my first visit to Blaze Pizza, I immediately recognized that Executive Chef Brad Kent had developed the best dough, sourced top-quality ingredients and created signature pizzas that set Blaze Pizza apart from other pizza concepts," said Jason Baker, president of Baker Boys Consulting Inc.

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