h2]Texas-based pizza chain continues aggressive expansion into the Middle East; Opens first limited service location on island country in Persian Gulf
March 15, 2010 // Franchising.com // The Colony, Texas – Pizza Inn, Inc. (Nasdaq:PZZI), an international pizza restaurant chain with more than 300 restaurants in 12 countries, announces the opening of its newest location in the Oasis Mall in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
The new restaurant is the company's 70th location in the Middle East and first of 12 slated for Bahrain.
"We're excited about our expansion into Bahrain, as well as our continued growth throughout the Middle East," said Charlie Morrison, CEO of Pizza Inn, Inc. "It is a pleasure to provide our freshly made pizzas, pastas and other popular menu items to the people of Bahrain at affordable prices."
In a continuation of the brand's expansion throughout the Middle East, Pizza Inn has entered into a Master Licensee agreement with United Food Company, a subsidiary of Abdullah Abunayyan Group. United Food Company – which also controls the master licensee rights for Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and rights throughout MENA – will oversee development of 12 total units in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Bahrain sub franchisee Buena Vista Food W.L.L. will develop and operate the restaurants.
"United Food Company is proud to be Pizza Inn's partner to bring the brand to Bahrain," said Khushru Mistry, CEO of United Food Company. "We think the product and the brand are exceptional and we're looking forward to successful growth of the concept not only within the Kingdom, but throughout the MENA region."
For more than 50 years, Pizza Inn has provided consumers with a variety of specialty and traditional handcrafted pizzas, pastas, salads and desserts in a dine-in buffet format with delivery and carryout. The company popularized a unique thin crackery crust that is made from scratch everyday and has since become the signature product offering. Over the years the menu has expanded, but the company's commitment to the highest quality ingredients, the friendliest service and affordable pricing have remained unchanged.
"With the addition of our first location in Bahrain, we have successfully opened 10 restaurants internationally since our fiscal year began in July 2009," said Madison Jobe, Vice President of Development for Pizza Inn, Inc. "We are excited to continue our aggressive growth internationally and anticipate tremendous success in Bahrain."
Headquartered in The Colony, TX, Pizza Inn, Inc., is an international pizza chain featuring traditional and specialty pizzas, as well as freshly made pastas, sandwiches, and desserts. Founded in 1958, publicly traded Pizza Inn (Nasdaq: PZZI) franchises approximately 310 restaurants and directly owns and operates three restaurants. For more information, please visit www.pizzainn.com.
United Food Company is a division of the A. Abunayyan Group and Master Licensee for the Pizza Inn and Freshberry brands across MENA and Asia regions. The United Food Company operates under the aegis of A. Abunayyan group which has completed nearly 60 years in business, and its rise is closely linked to the vision of making the Saudi Arabian economy self-sufficient combined with total customer satisfaction and social responsibility.