Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint is growing to Jacksonville and Gainesville, Fla., after signing a franchising agreement with Kevin Gartner, who operates several Krystal restaurants in northern Florida.
The first location is set to open in Jacksonville in late 2014.
"We looked into a number of fast casual restaurant franchises, and selected Uncle Maddio's because the team has perfected the create-your-own pizza concept," Gartner said in a news release. "Uncle Maddio's consistently delivers delicious pizzas, paninis and salads, exceeding customer experience expectations – every time and at every location."
Gartner has been a member of Krystal's franchise advisory council for 20 years. His team currently employs 165 employees. Each new Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint location employs 25-30 employees.
Uncle Maddio's plans on opening 35 new units in 2014 with 165 additional locations already in development.