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Blaze Pizza is growing its footprint in Southern California and Alaska with multi-unit franchise deals.
The pizza concept has signed agreements for two SoCal locations, in Indio and Colon, which represent new markets in the company’s home state, according to a press release.
It has also signed an agreement to open its first locations in Alaska, with four restaurants in the pipeline to be developed across the state, with an initial focus on Fairbanks.
Greg and Catharine Persinger are the owners and operators of the Alaskan locations. Both are experienced multi-brand developers, and in addition to their agreement with Blaze, the couple also own Firehouse Subs and Cold Stone Creamery franchises. They plan to open four Blaze Pizza locations throughout the state.
Leading Blaze Pizza’s development in Southern California are brother-and-sister duo Aman and David Chandi. The siblings come from a family with strong roots in multi-unit franchise operations and real estate development, and operate several Del Taco and Subway franchise locations in the Golden State. The Indio and Colton, California stores will open in shopping plazas owned by the Chandi family.
“For more than 10 years, we’ve worked closely with our family to learn about the franchise industry and have seen firsthand the importance of investing in a concept with proven viability. Blaze Pizza was a pioneer in the made-to-order restaurant segment, and once we were introduced to the exceptional team behind the brand’s unparalleled support system and product excellence, we immediately jumped on the opportunity to add it to our portfolio,” Aman Chandi said in the release. “Blaze Pizza has captured a passionate following from consumers nationwide; in fact, we came to love the brand first as customers, and are thrilled to have the chance to share this concept’s one-of-a-kind dining experience with our community.”
The franchise news comes on the heels of Blaze appointing Andrew Verhagen as franchise sales manager and John Grega as director of construction.
“At Blaze Pizza, we are proud to be true partners to our franchisees and have continually invested in our leadership team to ensure that we have the best of the best at the helm of this growing brand,” Ed Yancey, vice president of franchise development for Blaze Pizza, said in the release. “Andrew and John are the latest industry veterans to join our team, and we have no doubt that their wealth of knowledge will be an invaluable resource for both new and existing restaurant operators in our system. We look forward to leveraging our team’s expertise as we continue accelerating our growth efforts and driving Blaze Pizza’s expansion through strategic franchise development.”
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