Six months after making its American debut with a corporate-owned location in New Jersey, Kono Pizza has announced the signing of multiple franchise agreements, with more than 15 additional units in the pipeline as part of its newly launched U.S. expansion.

Kono will kick off the expansion with three new restaurants to San Diego, led by franchisees Jonathan Scoggins and Craig Dewitt, according to a news release. Scoggins and Dewitt plan to open the location in the Gaslamp Quarter by the end of 2014.

"San Diego is the perfect location for us to expose a new business — with the sunny weather year-round there's always people walking around," Scoggins said. "The foot traffic in the downtown area coupled with the proximity to a large convention center will set us up to gain a huge following."

In addition to the California growth, Kono Pizza's co-founders Carlo Ruggiero, David Ragosa and Greg Kinlaw will open a location in Raleigh, N.C., by the end of the Q1 2014, the release said.

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