2014 on the menu: Specialty pizzas and menu overhauls


Pizza Hut wasn't the only concept to undergo a massive makeover this year; Sbarro, CiCi's, California Pizza Kitchen and Chuck E. Cheese's also all took a page from the 'Domino's playbook.'


CiCi's Pizza adds to-go option for its signature buffet

The brand's new Crisp Baked Wings have generated 40 percent more sales than its previous coated wings.

PizzaMarketplace launches Top 100 Movers & Shakers

The inaugural Top 100 Movers & Shakers features a ranking of the top concepts, leaders and trends in the $38 billion pizza segment.

Pizza segment readies for Super Bowl rush

The big chains predict sales of 1 million to 2 million pizzas on Feb. 5.

PizzaMarketplace.com's top stories of 2011

Stocks were hot as companies focused on domestic and international growth.

PizzaMarketplace.com’s top stories of 2010

Pizza giants battled out a price war and a wheat crisis, while smaller companies touted healthy pies and make-your-own concepts.

Commodities: Prices down, for now

Cheese, wheat and gas prices are all down. 

Perfecting the search for franchisees

Executives are pursuing very specific individuals through new methods.

CiCi’s using proprietary tools to attract key franchisees

Texas-based CiCi's Pizza continues to find record-breaking success as it expands into new franchise markets, using proprietary expos and online portals to target specific demographics and franchisees in key markets. The chain, which has more than 600 stores in 35...

Five pizza executives to watch in 2010

Here is our pick of the top leaders who have the most to gain this year.

Five pizza executives to watch in 2010

Here is our pick of the top leaders who have the most to gain this year.

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CiCi's Pizza hires Sonic exec as CFO

CiCi's Pizza has named Jim Lebs as its new chief financial officer Jim Lebs. According to a news release, Lebs has 20 years of experience and most recently served as VP – Supply Chain for Sonic Drive-In. He also served...

CiCi's overhauls pizza recipe after crowdsourcing effort

CiCi's Pizza has introduced new recipes to its menu at its nearly 500 restaurants nationwide. According to a company release, the new recipes include better ingredients such as 100-percent real cheese, more meat toppings (including 18 more pepperoni slices per...

CiCi’s Pizza signs franchise deal for Missouri expansion

CiCi's Pizza today announced the signing of a franchise agreement with Fogle Enterprises Inc. to bring its first location to Branson, Missouri, by early spring 2015.

CiCi's selects Sbarro veteran for chief marketing role

CiCi's Pizza has named Sarah McAloon as its new chief marketing officer. According to a news release, McAloon will be tasked with leading the company's brand revitalization initiative. She joins CiCi's from Sbarro LLC, where she also served as chief...

CiCi’s Pizza testing create-your-own prototype

CiCi’s Pizza is the latest pizza chain to test a create-your-own concept, jumping on board a growing subsegment driven by fledgling fast casual concepts throughout the country. CiCi’s will showcase this new prototype at a reopening celebration at its restaurant in The Colony, Texas, on July 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

CiCi's Pizza adds operations, franchise development execs

CiCi's Pizza has hired two new vice presidents in an effort to improve operational systems and help grow the chain, according to a company announcement. Steven Jones has been named VP of operation services and training. He is a 25-year...

CiCi's Pizza closes Central Ohio restaurants

CiCi's Pizza has reportedly closed its Columbus, Ohio-area restaurants, operated under franchisee M&M Pizza. According to Columbus Business First, four restaurants have been affected by the decision, located in the Columbus suburbs of Hilliard, Gahanna, Westerville and Dublin. A sign...

CiCi's operator recognized for focus on customer service

CiCi's Pizza awarded owner/operator Karl Busch, of El Paso, Texas, with its "2013 Legendary Operator and Manager of the Year" award. The award was presented at the company's annual conference held recently in Frisco, Texas. According to a company news...

CiCi's Pizza recognized by consumers for being kid-friendly

Technomic has announced the winners of the 2014 Chain Restaurant Consumers' Choice Awards, which are based on consumer responses to the research and consulting firm's ongoing brand study. According to a new release, as part of its comprehensive Consumer Brand...

CiCi's plans to expedite growth in the Northeast

CiCi's Pizza has partnered with Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, a global commercial real estate advisory firm, to help achieve the brand's development goals in the Northeast. Coppell, Texas-based CiCi's Pizza currently has a presence in 34 states. The company has...

CiCi's Pizza plans equity partnership with franchisees

CiCi's Pizza will present information about its "equity partnership" program during the Restaurant Finance & Development Conference in Las Vegas Nov. 4-6. The company's recently launched 2013 Franchisee Partner Investment program features incentives for potential franchisees to help stimulate new restaurant development.

CiCi's names real estate leader to help with nontraditional growth

CiCi's Pizza has announced the hiring of Rick Hoying as the brand's new senior manager of Real Estate. With more than 25 years of franchising, Hoying will support CiCi's strategic growth strategy through real estate development in domestic and international...

CiCi's plans No Kid Hungry promotion

Throughout September, restaurants across the country will host promotions to raise funds in support of Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign, aimed at ending childhood hunger. Among the brands participating is CiCi's Pizza, which will make a donation for...

CiCi's leverages pizza for teaching program

To kickoff back-to-school season, CiCi's Pizza is offering Lunch & Learn field trips, created to show students real-life uses for math skills while making pizza. According to a release, the Lunch & Learn program offers preschool and elementary-aged students hands-on...

CiCi's Pizza hosting Special Olympics fundraiser

In August, seven CiCi's Pizza locations in Georgia will raise money for the state's Special Olympics program. From Aug.

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