Blaze Pizza plans Raleigh-Durham debut in December

Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza announced it will soon open first North Carolina location, near Raleigh-Durham, in December.

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Identifying best practices for restaurant site selection

Getting boots on the ground to narrow down an ideal location is important.

Pizza concepts capitalizing on by-the-slice demand, economics

Pizza Hut is aiming to have 15 to 20 Slice Bars open in the US by the end of this year.

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.

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NEWS


Mellow Mushroom opens North Myrtle Beach location

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers opened a new location in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, this week under the ownership of Matt and Alexandra Duke. This location features an "under the sea" design them, with boats converted into a hostess stand...

Pie Five’s weekly sales up 25% year-over-year

Pizza Inn Holdings reported its Q4 and FY financial results earlier this week. On the quarter, the company’s Pizza Inn concept experienced a 1.5-percent increase in sales from the previous year. Its sister brand, Pie Five, turned in a comp-store sales increase of 12.9 percent over the prior year.

Blaze Pizza plans two pizza giveaways to mark openings

Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza will open its second Wisconsin location, in Bayshore Town Center, on Oct. 2. To celebrate, the location will offer free pizzas on Oct.

Pie Five opens doors in Utah with food pantry fundraiser

Pie Five Pizza will open a new location Friday in South Jordan, Utah, and will celebrate on Oct. 3 with a ribbon cutting and a fundraiser for St.

Blast 825 partners with charities for grand opening

Blast 825 will celebrate the opening of its newest location in Roseville, California, with a week-long charity giving event culminating in a VIP Party on Oct. 2, which is open to the public.

Pie Five plans 15 units in the Hoosier State

Pie Five Pizza Co. has awarded up to 15 franchise units for the state of Indiana to restaurateur Carl Dissette.

800 Degrees plants flag in Pasadena

800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza will open its first Pasadena, California, location on Friday at 2 E. Colorado Ave.

Uncle Maddio's expanding Georgia footprint

Georgia native and Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint franchisee Tyler Mobley has signed an agreement to open five additional Uncle Maddio's locations, which will expand the brand's footprint in the state to 16 total units. According to a news release, Mobley plans to open two restaurants in Macon, two in Valdosta and one in Warner Robbins, Georgia.

Blaze Pizza fires off more franchise agreements

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza today announced that it will soon open four new locations in Orange County, California. Three new restaurants are expected to open by the end of this year, including in Brea, Santa Ana and Newport Beach. An additional location in Orange (Orange Circle) is scheduled to open in 2015.

Project Pie plans New Jersey debut

Project Pie has signed a 9-unit franchise deal that will mark the brand’s debut in New Jersey. The new restaurants will be owned and operated by local company The Belvedere Group, which plans to open the first Project Pie location...

Pizza Hut announces African expansion plans

Pizza Hut Thursday announced the opening of its first restaurant in Africa with its Johannesburg, South Africa, opening. The company said the brand's entry into this market is part of its focus on emerging markets. "Africa is an emerging continent...

Blaze Pizza targets South Florida for continued expansion

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza has been busy this week with new unit announcements, including in Southern California, New York/New Jersey and Tennessee. The company has also set its sights on a South Florida debut, and plans to open three locations in...

Hungry Howie’s expands North Carolina presence

Hungry Howie's Pizza continues its growth in North Carolina with the reopening of its second restaurant in Greensboro. According to a news release, this marks the Michigan-based chain's 15th location for brothers Mike, James and Steven Peterson as well as...

Pie Five opening new Tennessee, Florida locations

Pie Five Pizza Co. will open a new location in Daytona Beach, Florida, and another new location in Franklin, Tennessee, on Friday. The Daytona Beach location is the second for the company in Florida and is located near the Daytona International Speedway at 1388 W.

Marco’s Pizza expects to hit 1,000 stores by end of 2016

Marco's Pizza announced it is on pace to hit its goal of 1,000 stores by the end of 2016.

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