Pizza Blaze, the nation’s first franchised fast-casual pizza concept, today announced it has signed a new franchise agreement to expand the brand’s presence in Chattanooga, bringing three new units to southern Tennessee. The news comes at an exciting time of development fueled by an impressive year for the fast-growing pizza franchise. Throughout 2021, Blaze Pizza achieved significant national growth with the opening of 14 new restaurants in key target markets including Texas, Florida, Nevada, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Georgia and California. The company’s investments in operational efficiency, coupled with continued rollouts of innovative LTOs and best-in-class products, resulted in an 18% increase in same-store sales by year-end, as well as only by adding 34 new restaurants to its growth pipeline. the result of strategic multi-unit development efforts.
“While 2021 was not without its challenges, Blaze Pizza’s momentum proved resilient as we celebrated new restaurant openings and signed multi-unit deals to expand our brand across the country. Over the past year, Blaze has invested in a strong support system by improving operations and launching new digital innovations, and these efforts have continued to attract established franchisees looking to diversify their portfolios with a proven concept.” , said Ed Yancey, vice president of the franchise. development for Blaze Pizza. “This latest agreement signing will expand our footprint in Chattanooga’s core market, and we look forward to supporting our newest franchisee as he introduces Tennessee consumers to the unique Blaze experience.”
Multi-unit operator Robert Martino of Chattanooga Best Pizza, LLC is kicking off Blaze Pizza’s development efforts in 2022 with an agreement to develop three new units over the next few years in Chattanooga. Martino is expected to open his first restaurant by fall 2022, alongside Tony Whaley, chief operating officer. Together, the pair bring over 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry.
“Real estate development veterans like me are able to easily identify companies that are doing it right, like Blaze Pizza. I was first introduced to the brand like most of us – as a customer and The product offered by Blaze is truly unmatched by anyone in the business and when I was presented with the idea of a franchise with the brand, I didn’t think twice about it,” said Martin.y. “I have extensive knowledge of the Chattanooga Market and as a longtime Blaze fan, I have no doubt the community will fall in love with the brand’s fresh, premium ingredients and signature customizable menu offerings. “
Martino’s upcoming Blaze restaurants join a slew of developments in its pipeline, including The Gateway, anchored by CHI Memorial Stadium, which consists of more than 110 acres in Chattanooga and East Ridge. The Gateway is one of the largest mixed-use developments in the city’s history and is expected to include luxury townhouses, apartments, craft breweries, entertainment, offices, retail and event spaces, as well as Martino’s Blaze Pizza restaurants.
Blaze Pizza is in the midst of aggressive expansion and is looking to add qualified franchisees to its growing brand. Franchise opportunities remain in United States markets including Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, Colorado, Virginia and key regions in the Northeast. For more information on development opportunities with Blaze Pizza, please visit www.blazepizza.com or contact Ed Yancey at [email protected].
About Blaze Pizza
Founded in 2011, Blaze Pizza is the nation’s premier fast-casual pizza franchise concept with over 340 restaurants in 38 states and 6 countries. Based in Los Angeles, Blaze Pizza is committed to providing a unique customer experience and unparalleled high quality products. Known for its flavorful artisan pizzas and customizable made-to-order menu made with fresh, natural ingredients free of artificial colors, flavors, preservatives and sweeteners, Blaze leads the industry in menu innovation and excellence. some products. To visit www.blazepizza.com for more information and stay connected @BlazePizza.