Blaze Pizza, a fast casual, build-your-own pizza concept,  has signed agreements with four separate franchise groups to develop a total of 31 restaurant locations in Houston Baltimore/Washington D.C., Rapid City S.D. and Ontario/Riverside Calif.

Blaze Pizza now has a total of 172 restaurants in 14 states and Washington D.C. open and under development. With the addition of these four area development agreements, Blaze Pizza now has 20 franchise groups under contract.

"Our long-term goal is to build a strong, enduring national brand," said Jim Mizes, president and COO of Blaze Pizza. "To that end, besides building a strong scalable store model, we are partnering with a small group of elite-level multi-unit franchisees with plans to quickly build a concentration of Blaze Pizza restaurants in key markets across the country."

To date, the company has announced that development is underway to build Blaze Pizza restaurants in the greater metropolitan areas of New York City, Chicago, Miami, Detroit, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Baltimore, Washington DC, Houston, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Jose. Additional markets and agreements are expected to be announced soon.

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