Pizza Inn Inc.'s new Rocky Mount, N.C., location set a record for the biggest opening in company history with a sales increase of more than 60 percent in the first two weeks. The Rocky Mount unit also is the largest in the Pizza Inn system.
"We are thrilled with the new location and the response from the local community," said Steve Stancil, local franchisee. "These numbers are new territory for Pizza Inn and will help to move our brand to even greater heights."
Stancil joined Pizza Inn in 1974 and became a franchisee in 1985.
A city street widening project prompted the Rocky Mount restaurant to relocate across the parking lot. The new 9,000-square-foot restaurant seats 324 and features Pizza Inn's new back-fed pizza buffet, large salad bar and upgraded interiors.
"Steve has done an incredible job, turning a challenge into a huge opportunity and posting record sales for the entire Pizza Inn chain at the same time," said Charlie Morrison, president and CEO of Pizza Inn. "The response from loyal customers in Rocky Mount has been fantastic."
The new restaurant is open seven days a week.