The Loop Pizza Grill is growing again in Jacksonville, Florida.

Two franchise owners have announced plans to open Loop Pizza Grills in growing communities south of Jacksonville — one in the Nocatee Town Center in Ponte Vedra, and another in Fleming Island.

Franchisee Maurilio Gonzalez will be opening a Loop in the fast-growing community of Nocatee in Ponte Vedra. This new Loop will be 3,200 square feet and will seat more than 140 people, including an impressive covered patio. Nocatee is the third-fastest growing planned community in the nation.

Gonzalez is a successful Loop franchisee, having taken over the Neptune Beach location in 2009 and the Julington Creek location in 2010. He credits the Loop's commitment to fresh food for the entire family — as well as its family atmosphere — for franchisees wanting to expand and grow with the company.

"It is a good business model with a solid team. I really like the team that the Loop has to support their franchisees," Gonzalez says. "They have great operations and marketing support. They treat me like family and that is why I want to grow with the Loop.''

Gonzalez plans further expansion. He has signed an area developer's agreement and is scheduled to build two more Loops over the next several years. 

The second new Loop location will be on Fleming Island. A search for the restaurant's location is currently underway by the franchisees, father-and-son duo Bryan and Jeff Jacobs.

The Jacobs family was drawn to the Loop after being longtime fans of the restaurant. It's been one of the few places their entire family can agree on for dinner.

The new location will likely be in one of the popular shopping centers in the community.  

 "We want to open as soon as possible and the search for a location is going nonstop. We believe there is a pent-up demand for Loop food and its family atmosphere in the Fleming Island area,'' Jeff Jacobs says.

The new Loops will follow the prototype design used at the Jacksonville Town Center location, near the University of North Florida. The two locations follow in the footsteps of the reopening of a renovated Loop Pizza Grill in Winston-Salem, North 

Carolina, earlier this year.

The Loop founder and President Mike Schneider says the dynamic design of the Loop prototype attracts diners of all ages — from college students to families to grandparents — making it attractive to restaurant owners such as Maurilio, Jeff, and Bryan.

"The Loop Pizza Grill is clearly on a roll with the opening of three locations in 2015 and other area stores reporting strong growth and winning a number of awards in their communities.'' Schneider says. "We are especially proud of Maurilio's continuing commitment to The Loop and we welcome the Jacobs family to our family of owners.''

Schneider adds the executive team has just begun a marketing push for franchisees and expects to announce more locations in 2016. The new stores in Nocatee and Fleming Island will raise the number of Loops to 15, 11 in Florida and four in North Carolina.


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