Pizza Inn, Inc. (Nasdaq: PZZI – News) today announced the signing of a multiunit development agreement to open 20 new Pizza Inn restaurants in Kuwait. Pizza Inn has awarded a master license agreement to the Raja Company W.I.I., based in Kuwait City, Kuwait, in a continuation of the brand’s expansion throughout the Middle East and into Asia.
The Raja Group of Companies (formerly known as Raja Trading Est.) is led by chairman Waleed Adulla Ayoub, Managing Director Rohit Mirchandani, and Director Mohit Mirchandani. Established in 1962, the Raja Company specializes in the region’s petroleum, construction, and energy industries in addition to marketing, logistics, and food and beverage services.
“We are excited and proud to partner with the Raja Company in Kuwait,” states Ward Olgreen, Sr. Vice-President of Worldwide Franchising for Pizza Inn. “The passion and business experience that Waleed and Rohit bring to the partnership, combined with our brand experience in the region, will make us a very formidable team.”
“This is an exciting time for our company and for Pizza Inn. Our goal is to take the brand to new heights throughout Kuwait,” states Rohit Mirchandani. “We’re convinced customers will love Pizza Inn in every city where we open.”
The new partnership with the Raja Company will also utilize the support services of United Food Company, Pizza Inn’s master licensee for Saudi Arabia and Qatar. United Food Company will serve as the training hub for Pizza Inn restaurants in the region.
“As a company that has been franchising internationally for over 30 years, Pizza Inn has significant experience in supporting new master licensees with development and operational support in addition to supply chain management. With our Norco Restaurant Services Division at our side we have the flexibility to fully support any new franchise, regardless of location,” states Olgreen.
The news follows the chain’s recent announcements of same store sales growth in its domestic buffet category and positive earnings for fiscal year 2007 and first quarter for fiscal year 2008.