Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza announced that an affiliate of Levy Family Partners has signed an agreement to develop 15 franchise stores in Chicago and 10 franchise stores in Miami. Levy Family Partners was established by entrepreneur Larry Levy, founder and chairman of Levy Restaurants, as the holding company for his family’s investments in restaurants, hotels, real estate, and other ventures. The first Blaze Pizza restaurants are scheduled to open in Chicago and Miami before the end of the year, with additional locations scheduled to open in 2014.
“We see this as a tremendous growth opportunity for the Levy Family’s restaurant business. The innovation that Blaze Pizza brings to the category is tremendous,” says Steve Florsheim, managing partner of Levy Family Partners and Larry Levy’s step son. “It’s an assembly line format for artisanal pizza where you get to choose any toppings you like, and it’s fired and ready in around two minutes – all for about seven bucks. Our bet is both Miami and Chicago are going to flip for this concept. We can’t wait to get rolling.”
With the addition of this agreement, Blaze Pizza now has a development pipeline of over 100 franchise stores in nine states including California, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Michigan. The company expects to announce several more multiunit area development agreements in the coming weeks.