Blaze Pizza announces a handful of new locations

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza, today announced that it will soon be opening three new locations in the greater New York/New Jersey area. The company also announced it will open its 18th SoCal location Sept.

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RedBrick Pizza plans resurgence under new ownership

The brand is aiming for 25 locations in the next year, including a debut in the Midwest and New York.

Uno Restaurants launch 'suburban' fast casual pizza concept

Uno fresco will leverage its brand equity to expand its footprint and harness customer loyalty.

McDonald's ruling holds franchisors accountable for franchise employee allegations

The National Restaurant Association claims the decision will impede job creation and create 'big business.'

Domino's digital volume keeping prices down

The volume growth from digital has offset increases in the price of cheese and pork.

Pizza Hut hopes to surpass competition in digital space in 2015

Yum! execs called the U.S. performance 'disappointing' and said the brand is in turnaround mode.

Papa John’s franchisee: Trying to be everything to everyone is a bad strategy

Pierre Panos expects a ‘shakeout’ in the fast casual pizza subsegment.

Rethinking an IPO in a seller’s market

Going public means being prepared for much greater transparency and accountability in business operations.

The (half) year in review for the pizza segment

Digital ordering should make up more than half of sales for the bigger brands within the next year.

How Pie Five expanded using local marketing strategies

The brand examines sales and coupons to find out what works, and also leverages word-of-mouth messaging from loyal customers.

A look at Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza

Blaze Pizza opened this week in Louisville, Ky., and hopes to be a national contender in the top-your-own pizza segment by appealing to Millennials and busy lunch patrons.

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Fund established to encourage pro athletes into franchising

The Playbook Solutions Group Franchise Income Fund has been formed to help professional athletes get into franchising. The fund was founded by Steve Levenson and NFL veteran Leonard Marshall is a partner. "The franchise industry is continuing to flourish and...

Peter Piper Pizza announces nationwide franchising initiative

Arizona-based Peter Piper Pizza has announced a franchising initiative aimed at expanding the brand nationally into new markets. According to a news release, Peter Piper currently has 143 restaurants throughout the Southwest and Mexico, and 111 are franchised and 32...

Blaze Pizza sets its sights on Tennessee

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza today announced that it will make its debut in Tennessee in November with a new location in Knoxville. According to a news release, the 80-seat restaurant includes an outdoor patio and will be located at Town &...

Papa Murphy’s acquires nine Minneapolis stores for $3.4M

Papa Murphy's Holdings Inc. announced Friday it has acquired nine Papa Murphy's stores in Minneapolis for approximately $3.4 million. According to a news release, the company completed the acquisition of the locations from a single franchisee in mid-August, bringing the company-owned store count to 24 units in the Minneapolis market.

Fro-yo, burgers, pizza concepts' growth indicate high demand

According to Inc. Magazine's annual list of privately-held companies, fast casuals are still setting the pace for the restaurant industry.

Fresh Brothers Pizza part of LAX International's new lineup

The Los Angeles International Airport plans to open a handful of new restaurant concepts in one of its international terminals – Terminal 2. The OC Register reported the news this week and said the influx of eateries will double LAX's current offerings in that terminal. Airport officials announced some of the 12 concepts on Wednesday.

Quiznos, CiCi's, Cold Stone among franchise businesses with high default rates

The Wall Street Journal this week examined the 10 "worst franchise brands," based on SBA loan defaults. The list included three restaurant brands – Cold Stone Creamery, Quiznos and CiCi's Pizza. Topping the list was Planet Beach, with a 41.1 percent default rate.

Villa Italian Kitchen debuts at Colorado shopping center

Villa Enterprises' Villa Italian Kitchen concept has opened at the Colorado Mills Shopping Center in Lakewood, Colorado. "Our new Villa at Colorado Mills will give shoppers a taste of New York," Adam Torine, SVP of Development, said in a news...

MOD Pizza opens first franchised location

MOD Pizza will open its first Denver location Thursday at 8225 S. Chester St., Centennial.

PizzaRev makes its debut in Texas

California-based PizzaRev has entered Texas with the opening of its newest restaurant in Austin's Round Rock area, under the leadership of developers David Jones and Doug Tieber. The restaurant marks the first of four planned for the Austin market, according...

Papa Murphy's targeting North Carolina's Triad area for growth

Papa Murphy's is reportedly planning on opening 30 locations in North Carolina's Triad area within the next five years. According to the Triad Business Journal, Papa Murphy's currently has 11 locations in North Carolina, including Greensboro and Winston-Salem markets. Scott...

Blaze Pizza secures Chicago expansion plan

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza announced that it will open three new locations in the greater Chicago area. The concept will expand to five locations in the market by early 2015. According to a news release, two locations are set to open...

Domino’s makes its debut in Norway

Domino's Pizza has opened its first store in Norway. The store, located in Oslo, is the first of three planned to open by the end of this year by the company’s master franchisee in Norway, led by chairman Birgir Bieltvedt.

SKINNYPIZZA launches nationwide franchising program

New York-based SKINNYPIZZA, a concept specializing in pizza, organic salads, soups and pastas, has selected iFranchise Group and franchise attorney Harold Kestaubaum to consult on the company’s new nationwide franchising program.

Calif. Supreme Court rules in favor of Domino’s in franchisee case

Last week, the California Supreme Court held that Domino’s Pizza, as a franchisor, could not be held responsible for a sexual harassment charge against the manager of one of its franchisees.

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