Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza announced that Saddles Blazin' LLC, a subsidiary of Paradigm Investment Group, has signed an agreement to develop 19 franchise locations in areas including Austin and San Antonio, Texas; New Orleans; Jackson, Miss.; and Birmingham, Ala. It was also announced that OC Enterprises LLC has signed a franchise agreement to develop six Blaze Pizza restaurants in Raleigh-Durham, N.C.

"We expect that Blaze Pizza will pioneer a better pizza category much like Chipotle did with burritos and Five Guys did with burgers," said Don Wollan, president of Paradigm Investment Group, in the announcement. "Chef Brad has created a fast scalable artisanal pizza that is simply amazing. And, with pizza arguably more popular than burgers, the opportunity for Blaze Pizza is huge. We can't wait to get started."

With the addition of these two franchise agreements, Blaze Pizza now has a development pipeline of 209 restaurants spread across 19 states and Washington, D.C. Today, Southern California is sold out with 11 franchise groups committed to building 70 restaurants over the next five years.

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