August 27, 2008 // Franchising.com // - Newport Beach, Calif. — zpizza, the Southern California-based gourmet pizza chain will soon grow from three currently operating stores in Denver to the remainder of Colorado. Jeffrey and Kristin Peterson recently signed a multi-unit deal to open 9 zpizza locations throughout the state, starting with Colorado Springs, where they hope to launch their first restaurant by spring or summer of 2009. The Petersons have the option to open up to 20 Colorado locations by 2028.
"We love the food so much that we quickly became addicted to it – since it opened in our neighborhood, zpizza has been our pizza place! When Kristin and I started looking for a business opportunity that we could tackle together, zpizza was the perfect choice," says Jeffrey. "Kristin is a holistic nutritionist by trade and has always been very impressed by the organic ingredients and soy cheeses offered by the health conscious zpizza menu," he adds.
The rapidly expanding pizza chain has received rave reviews since its inception in 1986, accruing customer choice awards in prominent publications such as the Los Angeles Times and the Phoenix New Times. Most recently voted "Best Pizza Restaurant" for the third consecutive year in Washingtonian magazine, zpizza continues to impress its nationwide customer base and broaden its status as the premier gourmet pizza restaurant in the industry.
"We researched a lot of different franchises in different industries, but zpizza offers such a great product that fits perfectly within the healthy lifestyle demographic already present in Colorado," says Kristin. "People with food allergies can't usually eat pizza, but with innovative options like zpizza, people have safe and healthy alternatives that they can truly enjoy."
Featured on Good Morning America as a healthy dining option, zpizza takes a unique approach to the crowded pizza segment by appealing to traditional pizza lovers, health conscious consumers and gourmet palates alike. zpizza's menu offers 17 tasty and adventurous pizzas as well as sandwiches, salads, calzones and the opportunity to create your own pizza with a selection of premium ingredients —including whole wheat, organic sauces, low-fat cheeses, veggies and other toppings. zpizza has over 75 locations open and another 400 in ongoing development nationwide, in the Middle East and in Mexico. The company expects to have more than 100 open units by the end of 2008.