Pizza Inn Franchise Opens New Restaurant in Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Franchise Veteran Brings Family Buffet-Style Restaurant to Area; Continues Statewide Growth of Revitalized Chain

April 22, 2010 // Franchising.com // The Colony, Texas –Pizza Inn, Inc. (NASDAQ:PZZI), an international pizza chain recognized for serving a variety of fresh, high quality products at affordable prices, announces the opening of its newest buffet-style restaurant at 5040 West Hardy Street in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. This location offers buffet, full menu, delivery and carryout with a convenient pick up window.

With 18 restaurants now open and operating throughout Mississippi, Pizza Inn continues to target the state as part of a growth plan that has revitalized the chain.

"As we continue to grow our brand in various markets across the country, we are thrilled to bring our freshly made pizzas, pastas and other popular menu items to Hattiesburg," said Charlie Morrison, CEO of Pizza Inn. "We are confident that the folks here are just as excited as we are about Pizza Inn returning to the city."

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.

The Hattiesburg restaurant is owned and operated by veteran franchisee and Greenwood resident Bob Singh, who owns five other Pizza Inn locations in Collins, Greenwood, Grenada, and Monticello Mississippi and Franklinton, Louisiana. Boasting more than 30 years of experience in the franchise industry with some of America's most recognized and reputable brands – including Sonic Drive-In, Palm Beach Tan and Western Sizzlin' – Singh also serves as Pizza Inn's area developer for all of Mississippi and Franklinton, Louisiana.

Singh's son, Scott, a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, will operate the new restaurant, which is adding over 50 part and full-time jobs to the local economy.

"There are numerous pizza concepts in the marketplace, but there is one significant difference. Pizza Inn stands above the rest when it comes to freshness and quality," Singh said. "I couldn't be more excited about bringing Pizza Inn's products to Hattiesburg."

In an effort to further increase national and regional growth, Pizza Inn is seeking single- and multi-unit franchisees to help grow the company's network of restaurants in the region.

About Pizza Inn

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.

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