“The Original” Kono Pizza has much to celebrate during National Pizza Month in October. The fast-growing franchise, which offers a progressive new way to enjoy a favorite Italian dish—healthier and portable pizza cones—recently signed a deal to open 10 new locations in the greater Dallas area, as well as signing a lease for the brand’s first Walmart store location in Lancaster, South Carolina, which will be open by the holidays.
The Walmart location will be a franchise unit owned and operated by Gayle and Carl Adams, scheduled to open before Black Friday. Kono Pizza executives say additional locations will also be open within Walmart stores in 2016.
The 10-unit deal in Texas was signed with franchisee Sadashiva Pai and will include a variety of formats including potential mall kiosks, event carts, in-line, and storefront locations. His first location is scheduled to open in the beginning of 2016 inside a Walmart in the Dallas market.
In addition, a new Kono Pizza kiosk unit will open in the Cherry Hill Mall in New Jersey, also set to open before Black Friday. It is the second of five locations in the Philadelphia and South Jersey area owned by multiunit franchisee Eric Ciancaglini. His first unit—a mobile event cart in Philadelphia—opened earlier this year and kept him busy with events, including the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia in September.
Served in a cone, featuring a thinner crust and low-moisture cheese and filled with fresh, quality ingredients (including dough and sauce imported straight from Italy), “The Original” Kono Pizza offers consumers a less messy, on-the-go format to enjoy pizza. After opening their first traditional location in New Jersey in 2013 to introduce the concept to U.S. consumers and train new franchisees, cofounders David Ragosa and Carlo Ruggiero have expanded the franchise offering to include three types of models, a kiosk, mobile cart and in-line stores, giving franchisees flexibility in their markets.
“The momentum we have built and continue to sustain has put us on track for a total of 50 locations in various stages of development in the pipeline by the end of the first fiscal quarter in 2016,” say cofounders Ragosa and Ruggiero. “We are thrilled to be growing at such a healthy pace, and look forward to sharing our fresh, innovative concept with more and more people for years to come.”