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California Pizza Kitchen going to Canada, eh?

California Pizza Kitchen going to Canada, eh?

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California Pizza Kitchen, based in Beverly Hills, is taking its wares north of the border to Canada in partnership with longtime Alberta restaurateur, Samira Shariff, a news release said. 

Shariff plans to open the first location in Edmonton in the coming months of the chain, which describes itself as "elevated casual." It will be among five planned by the franchisee over the next eight years. As part of its accelerated global growth focus, CPK intends to further expand in Canada, including to Vancouver, British Columbia and Toronto, Ontario.

The 35-year-old chain's signing of the Canada agreement kicks off a global growth effort to increase the brand's presence in Asia, the Middle East, Australia and Europe. 

"We've had our sights set on expanding into Canada for many years now, to bring CPK a little closer to home for all of our Canadian guests who've become loyal regulars at so many of our U.S. locations, whether joining us on vacation or business travel," California Pizza Kitchen CEO Jim Hyatt, in the release said in the release. "Now, we're confident we have the right, deeply experienced partner in Samira Shariff to spearhead our entry into the market."

Samira Shariff brings nearly 40 years of experience with restaurants in the Alberta market. Her son, Naheed Shariff, will serve as CEO of the brand in Alberta, the release said.

California Pizza Kitchen has more than 240 locations in 10 countries and U.S. territories, including 40 international franchise stores and 16 domestic locations in airports, casinos and stadiums.

Topics: Business Strategy and Profitability, Franchising & Growth, Leadership

Companies: California Pizza Kitchen

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