Industry News | November 4, 2013

CiCi's Aims to Expedite Franchise Development

CiCi's Pizza, the nearly 500-unit national pizza buffet concept, has recently announced a partnership with Newmark Grubb Knight Frank (NGKF), one of the world's leading commercial real estate advisory firms, to help achieve the brand's strategic development goals in the Northeast. The addition of NGKF brings a business opportunity to potential CiCi's Pizza franchise owners.


Coppell, Texas-based CiCi's Pizza has a presence in 34 states and is best known for its family-friendly atmosphere, variety of pizzas on its custom buffet, and freshly-made dough at an affordable price. Through extensive research, CiCi's Pizza has already identified specific markets for expansion within the Northeast including Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Buffalo, New York, Philadelphia, and northern New Jersey. The new relationship with NGKF will help expedite the franchise's growth.


"Joining forces with one of the most respected and talented broker firms gives us the resources to reach our expansion goals," says Thomas McCord, vice president of real estate and franchise development. "We will be able to give our franchisees and prospects access to a full-service platform that will assist in their success. We're looking forward to working with a partner who sees the big picture, who understands our customer and has the resources, knowledge, and tools to support CiCi's in achieving our strategic development objectives."


To successfully and efficiently grow the brand, NGKF will leverage its broad relationships to promote the expansion of CiCi's Pizza into new and existing markets. NGKF's on-the-ground expertise and knowledge of the local market will enhance CiCi's Pizza's own advanced technology and extensive site model research. Experienced advisors at NGKF will work with CiCi's Pizza franchisees directly to assist in site selection, site renewals, lease negotiations and can refer construction and finance specialists.


"We are excited about the opportunity to partner with CiCi's Pizza on a regional level to help them achieve their growth initiatives. CiCi's Pizza is a strong brand in the franchising world and one that has the legs to expand exponentially in the Northeast," says Jennifer Watson, senior managing director at NGKF Retail. "By partnering with NGKF, CiCi's Pizza will benefit from our extensive real estate experience to ensure that they meet their long-term development goals."


This partnership is part of a much larger company mission to strategically grow the brand in the coming years. To help augment brand expansion in new and mature markets, CiCi's Pizza has developed several financing and incentive programs, including its Investment Partnership Program designed to assist existing and prospective franchisees with creative financing options. During 2014, the company will also explore growth potential internationally in Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico, as well as in nontraditional venues such as airports, casinos, military bases, and universities.


I've eaten at Cici's down in Florida numerous times with friends of mine. I live in Massachusetts, and there are none in New England at all. We see the commercials up here, so a lot of people know about it and want one. It would be a huge hit up here. For the amount of people in this state, compared to the small size of it, you could branch out up here and make huge profits as well as please a lot of people with the chance to have Cici's in our neck of the woods.

Hobbs New Mexico Needs a cici's pizza our college students want variety, partner up with the oil company from a educational stand point encourage kids that education is empowerment and create cici's bucks which kids could come and dine in with a reading room purchase books on the spot proceeds with be pump back into the community

Please put a CiCi's in tacoma washington our pizza places are all pretty much delivery ones and i would love to have a Cici's pizza in our area

Please consider Vero Beach Fl. we Have a Stevi B's, which we didn't want.

Please bring a Ci Ci's to Clinton NC

No CICI's in Wisconsin......are there plans for adding Wisconsin?

They opened a CiCi's in West Allis, WI about a year or so ago.  They just recently opened a CiCi's in Brookfield, WI.

what would it cost me to open a restaurant in my area collinsville il 62234 thanks mike

There is not a CiCi pizza in Birmingham, AL anymore I Do Believe that if a CiCi's is Put in Brighton, Alabama right off the exit they will be a great success

Please please please build a cici's in Seattle! Please!

iv seen your pizza on tv and been wanting to try it but your not here in oregon yet please open up in medford oregon if you guys are comming out this way

Please tell me what it would cost for me to open a cici's pizza in Nixa, MO. My husband and I have a lot of restaurant experience and I think it would be very profitable.

We need one in Lima, Oh we have no such thing as a pizza buffet and that will be awsome. Dominos is really out dated....Plzz....we need something new.

What happened to all of the Cici's in Minnesota? They are all gone except one!

PEOPLE, People, people, PLEASE STOP BEGGING ...... Cici's senior marketing executives needs a good kick in the pants and OR they should be retired as soon as possible. It's apparent CICI's has nothing but lazy marketing individuals which I would call the OVER-THE-HILL, DEAD-WOOD executives. The kind who TALK way too much and OR or sit back and do nothing except cash their monthly pay checks... If Cici's plans to expand in California they better clean out their DEAD WOOD PILE fast, replacing deadwood with PROVEN MOVERS & SHAKERS. If you LIKE Cici's product WRITE a letter to their CEO if you want action.

Please open a CICIS in Massachusetts

WE need a cici's pizza here in land o lakes fl expansion has been booming but still not complete with-out our own in this once little town thank,Art

why did they take the one cicis pizza out of Monroe street plaza. here in Toledo ohio and where did they put it at. in Toledo ohio. sincerely Miranda.

Wherever it went, it's nowhere in town at all. I wondered if lack of business is what killed that store in the first place? I'm sorry to see it go at all.

I think Rockford, IL would be a awesome place for a Cici's Pizza the closest we have is in Naperville, IL. I think people here in Rockford would love to have a Cici's Pizza especially with your your guys great prices. With the right location a Cici's Pizza would have a great business opportunity. I have been a huge fan of Cici's Pizza since I was in the Army. I was stationed at Fort Stewart, GA. Please I would love a Cici's here in Rockford and I now the community would love it too!!!!!!

Please put a Cici's in either one of the following Washington State locations: Everett, Lynnwood, Edmonds, or Kirkland/Totem Lake area.

Currently there are 2 locations in the Phoenix AZ area which are both too far, I wud like to have a CiCis more centrally located. Theres plenty of pizza lovers there.

Put one in Bridgeport, CT please I love cicis but they don't have one up here!

Put one in Valdosta Ga. Ours just closed and we need another so bad

Please out a CiCi in Roselle Illinois, you'd be between Schaumburg and Bloomingdale Illinois and make a Ton of Money.

I live in nh, putting one close to up here would be awsome

Hey CiCi's, I have the best plan ever! Let me open one of your awesome establishments here in Eugene Oregon! Why? We have the great University of Oregon with the world famous U of O Ducks! Plus we have Springfield(the true Simpsons one) right next door with hundreds of families looking to feed the kids a delicious dinner at a great value. Oh by the way, they're making recreational marijuana legal soon and you know what that means...huge profits! So join me here in Eugene and we'll get rich together!

you need to put one in Upper Darby Pa. I know there are some CiCi's already in Pa. but they are not in south eastern pa. or you have Springfield Pa. right ooutside of Upper Darby!!!!! Come around here and make people happy!!!

Can you open one in the Medford ma area? It's not fair that you advertise but some people can't get to your locations

Can you open one in the Medford ma area? It's not fair that you advertise but some people can't get to your locations

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