Charlotte, N.C.-based Brixx Wood Fired Pizza has sold its first franchise west of the Mississippi River. Denver restaurateurs, Trey and Angela Woessner, have purchased the rights to open a new Brixx in Denver.

According to a news release, the Woessners are currently franchisees for Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar and have spent nearly two decades in the restaurant business. Their goal is to open the location by the end of 2014.

Along with Brixx's growth in the West, the company's expansion continues on the East Coast, where Brixx will open three new franchise locations in the next six weeks. The new locales are Marietta, Ga., and Southern Pines/Pinehurst, N.C., both opening in February, and Athens, Ga., opening in March.

"I can't think of a more exciting way to start the year," said Neil Newcomb, president of Brixx Franchise Systems LLC. "An added bonus is that all four spots are owned by highly experienced franchise operators. They've taken their time and selected locations we think are ideal for the growth and success of our concept."

Nick Vadgama, owner of Brixx in East Cobb, is also the owner of Brixx locations in Greensboro and Winston-Salem, N.C. John Parker and Wayne Gross, owners of Brixx in Southern Pines, own Brixx in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. Alan & Eric Overcash, the operators of Brixx in Athens, have been training in the Brixx system for more than three years and own a group of KFC locations.

Construction on a company-owned location in Raleigh, N.C. — the second in that city — is also underway. And, plans are under review for a franchise location in Champaign, Ill., the first in that state.

The first Brixx opened in Charlotte, N.C., in 1998.

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