Pizza Inn

Pizza Inn Opens Doors on Largest Location

Pizza Inn, Inc., an international pizza chain recognized for serving a variety of fresh and popular traditional and specialty pizzas, has opened its largest U.S. restaurant in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, at 1473 Hunter Hill Road.

The new location set a company record for the biggest opening in Pizza Inn history with a sales increase of more than 60 percent in the first two weeks of opening.

NC Gets New Pizza Inn Locale

Pizza Inn's traditional and signature pizzas are now available in Pikeville, North Carolina. Franchise owner Tom Vail has opened the first Pikeville location at 110 South Goldsboro St.

"We're incredibly excited to welcome Pikeville to our restaurant family," says Charlie Morrison, president and CEO of Pizza Inn. "It's the perfect community for Tom and his team to serve up our signature pizzas and deliver quality food at incredible prices." 

The Fall of Pizza

What’s happened to pizza’s major players?

In 2000, the QSR 50 Report, this magazine’s annual ranking of the nation’s top quick-service brands, showed a robust American appetite for pizza, a category trailing only burger joints in representation. With pizza chains claiming four of the list’s top 15 slots and 12 of the top 50, the segment seemed poised to maintain its spot as a 21st century quick-service staple.

Rise of Interim CEOs

In an economic climate full of uncertainty and change, many businesses have turned to interim executives to right the ship. The quick-serve industry is no different. In June, Denny’s Corp. named chairwoman Debra Smithart-Oglesby interim CEO after Nelson Marchioli left the company. In August, El Pollo Loco chose Steve Sather to serve as acting president and chief executive when former CEO Steve Carley left for the same position at Red Robin.

New Corporate-Owned Pizza Inn Opens in Texas

Pizza Inn is welcoming the holidays and capping off an aggressive year of growth as the company opened its newest location at 310 E. Round Grove Road in Lewisville, Texas, this week.

The restaurant is the latest of five corporate-owned stores following a design that has led to a wave of reinvestment in the brand with franchisees as well. 

“We’re excited to show our guests in Lewisville a great restaurant with top-notch service and a delicious menu in fresh new surroundings,” says Charlie Morrison, president and CEO of Pizza Inn. “This is the Pizza Inn of the future.”

2010 in Review

Reporting by Blair Chancey, Sam Oches, Daniel P. Smith, Robin Van Tan, Barney Wolf & Lori Zanteson

1. BK Sold to Brazilian Investors

Becoming the decade’s biggest restaurant buyout, No. 3 burger chain Burger King Corp. was acquired by 3G Capital, a New York firm backed by Brazilian investors, for $3.3 billion in September. —BC

2. The Food Truck Obsession