Industry News | June 11, 2010

CiCi’s Looks to Expand in the Grand Canyon State

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CiCi's Pizza announced today franchise expansion in Phoenix as part of the company's 2010 strategic growth plans. The company is currently seeking franchisees to develop 25-30 new restaurants in Phoenix and surrounding cities including Tempe, Glendale, Scottsdale, and Tucson. CiCi's expects to open 80-100 new units per year in the next five years.

Currently, there are three CiCi's operating in Phoenix with an additional two restaurants in development, and in Tucson there is one CiCi's currently operating and an additional three in development.

"For more than 25 years, CiCi's has been serving its ... pizza buffet, and we're excited to expand our footprint in Phoenix," says Jim Sheahan, vice president of franchise sales for CiCi's Pizza. "We are now actively seeking franchisees in and around Phoenix who want to own and operate their own restaurant and become more involved in the communities in which they serve."

Executives from CiCi's Pizza will be hosting an all-day franchising expo on July 15, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott in Tempe. CiCi's encourages all entrepreneurs interested in franchising to attend to learn more about the business opportunity of owning a CiCi's Pizza. CiCi's encourages all entrepreneurs interested in franchising to attend to learn more about the business opportunity of owning a CiCi's Pizza.

Formal presentations will be held at noon, 3 p.m., and 6 p.m.; however, the CiCi's team is available to meet one-on-one throughout the day to discuss opportunities and answer any questions. For more information or to RSVP, visit cicispizza.com or contact Jim Sheahan at 972-745-9318 or JSheahan@cicispizza.com.

The company has embarked on a national growth plan that includes expanding in existing markets, while entering new cities throughout the country. CiCi's is focused on attracting new qualified operators to open restaurants in priority markets, specifically California, New York, New Jersey, Arizona, Nevada, Philadelphia, Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, and Wisconsin.

Start-up costs for a single unit averages $550,000 and includes a franchise fee of $30,000. Franchisees are required to fund 30 percent in cash. CiCi's franchisees are provided the tools and resources needed to sustain and grow their restaurants. Franchisees benefit from multi-million dollar nationwide advertising and sales programs designed to promote and enhance the collective success of all restaurants in the CiCi's system.

"Since our founding in 1985, we have shown consistent growth year after year," Sheahan says. "We are looking for energetic, dedicated professionals to help us bring the freshest concept in affordable dining to more families in Phoenix and across the U.S. We encourage individuals in the Phoenix area who are interested in owning a restaurant to attend our franchising expo to learn more about the benefits of becoming a CiCi's Pizza franchisee."