Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint has signed a 5-unit franchise development agreement for Southeast Alabama.
Led by owner operator Michael DiChiara and several partners, including Auburn University graduates and Auburn, Ala., residents Ernest Lee, Jr. and Clint Wilson, along with Troy, Ala., native Will Hudson, the new Uncle Maddio's franchisees bring a combination of restaurant, legal, real estate and construction experience. Hudson is a multi-unit owner of a QSR brand in Alabama, while Lee's company Colvin Evans Construction is building their five Uncle Maddio's units. The first of five locations is set to open early in the first quarter of 2014 on Auburn University's campus.
"Americans are embracing the newest concept in fast casual dining — homemade pizza custom made just for you, and ready to eat in under seven minutes," said Founder Matt Andrew. "Though imitators are entering the market, our customers and franchisees are choosing the original. Every day, we are fielding more and more calls from prospective franchisees around the country."
In addition to Montgomery and Auburn, Uncle Maddio's will be expanding into 11 new markets including Dallas and Austin, Texas; Jonesboro, Ark., Mobile and Birmingham, Ala.; Columbus and Canton, Ga.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Virginia Beach and Ashburn, Va. and Fargo, N.D.
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