Old Chicago Pizza to add 48 stores

Full-service brand Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom is going into a growth spurt, having this week signed franchise development agreements for 48 new units in nine states: Alabama; Arizona; Georgia; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Missouri; and Nevada, a news release said.

"We're thrilled to be continuing nationwide expansion with new and existing franchise partners who have been committed to accelerating the growth and success of Old Chicago," said Mark A. Belanger, Vice President of Global Franchise Operations and Development parent company, CraftWorks Restaurants and Breweries. 

"We're focused on making significant investments in our company that reinforce Old Chicago's growth potential and position our franchisees for success, so that they ultimately want to expand their portfolio and introduce Old Chicago to new markets. These agreements are a testament to the strength of our evolving business model and exceptional offerings, and we look forward to developing new Old Chicago locations across the country."    

Last year, the brand grew its presence in four states, with eight new locations in Colorado, Missouri, North Carolina and Texas. This year, eight more restaurants have been added in Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, South Carolina, Tennessee and Wyoming.  

These are larger restaurants — 5,000-square-foot buildings with an additional 1,000 square feet of outdoor patio seating. They also include alcohol offerings and features such as upgraded bar technology and beer-centric hourly training. 

Old Chicago brand was founded in 1976 and began franchising 16 years ago. The brand now has more than 100 locations in 22 states.

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Topics: Business Strategy and Profitability, Franchising & Growth

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