"The Original" Kono Pizza announced it has signed a multi-unit franchise development deal with local entrepreneur Jala Roy and his wife, Noorin, to bring 10 new locations to the Atlanta market. The agreement brings the first "The Original" Kono Pizza locations to Georgia, which will consist of a variety of store formats including mobile carts and kiosks in local malls and retail stores. Initial locations are currently being selected and the first location is slated to open in the first quarter of 2016, a company press release stated.
"We are very excited to introduce Atlanta residents to a quality, portable pizza dish. The leadership of this brand is strong and we look forward to helping grow 'The Original' Kono Pizza in Atlanta, and potentially in other markets and states," Roy said. "This fast-casual concept is unlike any other and truly fits into the lifestyle of Americans, who are on-the-go but still want to enjoy tasty meal favorites."
"We expect the success in Atlanta to act as a catalyst for further expansion across the state and region, inspiring like-minded entrepreneurs to get in on the ground floor with an innovative franchise in the fast-casual pizza segment," said Carlo Ruggiero, co-founder of "The Original" Kono Pizza.
In addition to a corporate-owned kiosk location in the Newport Centre Mall in New Jersey, the first franchise kiosk opened earlier this year in Orlando, and additional multi-unit development deals were signed in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Dallas, with locations in various stages of development in malls and other locations in regions such as Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and Philadelphia.
"We're changing the pizza game. In a marketplace with more than 70,000 pizzerias and fast-casual pizza concepts, we stand alone with a unique pizza product," said Dave Ragosa, co-founder of "The Original" Kono Pizza. "We look forward to continued growth with plans to add 75-100 locations in 2016 in various new markets."