Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza has signed three new area development agreements to open franchise restaurants in Boston, Dallas and Phoenix. The fast casual pizza chain now has commitments to build 252 franchise units in 24 states and Washington D.C., according to a news release.
Jim Mizes, the company's president and COO, said the goal is to build a "strong, enduring" national brand.
"To that end, we are partnering with a small group of elite-level, multi-unit franchisees to build a concentration of Blaze Pizza restaurants in key markets across the country," he said.
The new agreements include:
- The Greater Boston area is being developed by ASAPizza LLC – a partnership between David Peterman and Mitch Roberts, co-owners of 34 Panera Bread franchises in Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire.
- The Dallas/Fort Worth metro area is being developed by Saddles Blazin LLC – an affiliate of Paradigm Investment Group and led by Don Wollan, Brian Kelley and Greg Hazard. Paradigm and its affiliates own 105 Hardee's, TGI Fridays and Jersey Mike's Subs franchises. Recently, CKE Inc. (parent of Hardee's & Carl's Jr.) recognized Paradigm as its Top Franchisee and twice as its Developer of the Year.
- The Phoenix metro area is being developed by Sajha LLC – one of Blaze Pizza's original franchisees that currently operates in Southern California.