Little Caesars, the global, family-owned pizza chain with franchise and company-owned stores in each of the 50 U.S. states and across 27 countries and territories, is looking to grow its New York metro presence with a goal set to sign on at least a dozen new franchise units in the market in 2021.
Little Caesars has always been known for its accessibility, quality products and affordability, which really set the brand apart in the last year as one of the leading pizza franchises amidst the ongoing pandemic. The brand’s signature Pizza Portal Pickup—the first heated, self-service mobile order pickup station in the restaurant industry—and its revolutionary Reserve-N-Ready system for pickup and delivery promise relevance and value at a cost-effective investment level for New York entrepreneurs.
“New Yorkers know their pizza, making the metro area arguably one of the top pizza capitals of the world,” says Craig Sherwood, vice president of U.S Development at Little Caesars. “Our great product, unique delivery system and small footprint model present numerous benefits to prospective franchise owners and their potential customers in this area, making this a key market for us to grow our presence in.”
The franchisor is actively searching for potential franchisees with the business acumen to successfully expand its presence in Long Island, Westchester, northern New Jersey and the five boroughs: The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. These areas have always been ripe for pizzerias to flourish, with a rapidly expanding market for food delivery services.
With several Little Caesars locations currently open and operating in the New York metro area, the brand is accelerating its search for new real estate locations given the prime opportunity available now for both single-unit and multi-unit franchisees looking to expand their portfolio in this market.
“When hit with so many unprecedented challenges in 2020, the Little Caesars business model proved to be ahead of its time in terms of meeting customers where they’re at,” says Sherwood. “As we continue fulfilling the increasing consumer demand for convenience and quality, we look forward to working with sophisticated business owners to help us reach a wider audience than ever before.”
Little Caesars franchising investments start at around $360,000, with additional incentive programs for both veterans and first responders.