Blaze Pizza

Blaze Pizza Adds Boston, Dallas to Expansion Plans

Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza announced it has signed three new area development agreements to open Blaze Pizza franchise restaurants in Boston, Dallas, and Phoenix. The fast-casual pizza chain now has commitments to build 252 franchise units in 24 states and Washington D.C.

“Our long-term goal is to build a strong, enduring national brand,” says Jim Mizes, president and COO of Blaze Pizza. “To that end, we are partnering with a small group of elite-level multi-unit franchisees to build a concentration of Blaze Pizza restaurants in key markets across the country.” 

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza Hires Allen Arroyo as CFO

Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza announced the appointment of Allen Arroyo as chief financial officer. A veteran of the restaurant industry, Arroyo brings decades of experience to his role as CFO of Blaze Pizza. Previously, he served as CFO for Z’Tejas and Mastro’s Restaurants and held multiple financial roles at IHOP Corp. during his 18-year tenure, bolstering the company’s national growth. 

Lights, Camera, Franchise

Outside a new Memphis-area Wingstop, a small crowd of locals gathers for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening. The restaurant looks like most others in the Texas-based brand’s portfolio—a modest sign with a signature dark green sans serif type protrudes from a beige concrete exterior, aviation paraphernalia reminiscent of the ’30s and ’40s brings an air of nostalgia to the interior, and the menu boasts a selection of classic and boneless wings with 11 different sauce options.

Blaze Pizza Inks 30-Unit Franchise Deal

Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza announced that Millennial Restaurant Group, a partnership between franchise veterans Junior Bridgeman and Jim Patterson, has signed an agreement to develop 30 Blaze Pizza franchise units in Florida, Tennessee, and Kentucky. With the addition of Millennial, the build-your-own pizza concept now has agreements with 23 franchise partners that include commitments to build 240 restaurants in 19 states and Washington DC over the next three to five years.

Blaze Pizza Announces Grand Opening in Carlsbad, CA

Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza announced the opening of its newest location in the Carlsbad Premium Outlets in Carlsbad, California. The new 59-seat restaurant, which features an outdoor patio for afternoon and evening dining, is located in the center near Rubio’s Mexican Grill, Starbucks, and Ruby’s Diner.

Blaze Opens in Brookfield, Wisconsin

 

Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza announced the opening of its newest location in Brookfield, Wisconsin, at the Brownstones Shopping Center. To celebrate, the restaurant is set to offer its custom built, “fast-fire’d” artisan pizzas free to Blaze Pizza’s Facebook fans on Tuesday, November 19, between 3 and 9 p.m. Those who "like" the Blaze Pizza page on Facebook can print out a screen shot or present it on their mobile device to obtain their free pizza at the Brookfield restaurant.  The new 60-seat restaurant is located at 17530 W. Bluemound Road, between Metro Mart and TJ Maxx.

Blaze Pizza Fires Up the Ovens at New La Cañada Location

Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza announced the opening of its newest restaurant in Pasadena, California. Located at the La Cañada Town Center at 990 Town Center Drive, the restaurant is near Sport Chalet, Chipotle, Panera Bread, and the Habit Burger Grill. To celebrate, the company will offer its fast-fire’d artisan pizzas free to Blaze Pizza’s Facebook fans on October 9 between 5 and 9 p.m. Those who "like" the Blaze Pizza page on Facebook can print out a screen shot or present it on their mobile device to enjoy any signature or build-your-own pizza at no charge.

High Prices? No Problem

Fast casuals thrive despite higher check averages.

Zaxby's new Cobb Zalad offers premium fast casual menu item for a higher cost.
Zaxby's has found success with its new Cobb Zalad, despite its higher price point.

The fast-casual category has been the fastest-growing restaurant segment over the past two years, according to market research firm Technomic, as operators in the category continue to effectively balance higher-quality, convenient foods with a more upscale environment.

This success has come even as fast casuals offer higher price points than traditional quick serves. A recent Technomic report found that consumers are happily paying more at fast casuals in both the lunch and dinner dayparts.

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