FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -(BUSINESS WIRE)- 2010 is the year of the franchise and Pizza Fusion has been reaping the benefits. The current economic situation does not seem to affect the growth of restaurant franchise concepts. The Obama administration is considering increasing funds for the U.S. Small Business Administration, and success rates for franchises are greater than 90 percent. This the highest success rate for any type of business. Consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers expects franchising to grow at an increase of over $24 Billion this year.
Pizza Fusion is a fresh restaurant franchise concept that has shown tremendous growth since its inception in 2006. While most restaurants have seen a downturn in same store sales, Pizza Fusion has excelled. For the 12 months ended June 30th, 2010, system-wide sales increased to nearly $11 million, an increase of 46% over the prior 12-month period, and same store sales increased approximately 11%, performing better than fast casual industry trends. Brown Thompson, Fort Myers Pizza Fusion Franchisee, states, "People are begging us to open in their area. We are pulling people from 10 to 15 miles away. The people are there, the customers are there, the demand is there. You are set up for success."
The company has also been honored with numerous awards, ranging from the #4 Mover and Shaker by Fast Casual Magazine and "Best Pizza" by multiple publications including The New Times. Furthermore, Pizza Fusion is one of the only restaurant franchise chains in the world with restaurants meeting LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification standards, which has proven to provide about a 30% annual savings on utility expenses at Pizza Fusion vs. traditional restaurants. Consumers are giving Pizza Fusion rave reviews. Maria T. from Chicago, IL writes, "SO freakin awesome. Light and delicious, healthy and filling all at once. Sounds impossible, right? Welcome to Pizza Fusion." Pizza Fusion presents America's favorite food in a stylish, socially responsible package that taps into the growing natural foods market where today, 73% of American families choose to buy healthier foods.
"We went to great lengths to develop a business model where social responsibility is just as important as profitability," Vaughan Lazar, co-founder of Pizza Fusion, explains. "Our franchisees benefit from our innovation in that they are not only realizing significant cost-savings, but they are also contributing to the betterment of their communities." He added, "As a Pizza Fusion franchisee you're not just a number, you're a part of our family and your success is our number one priority."
Founded in the best interest of the individual and the environment, Pizza Fusion is the number-one green franchise in North America. Based out of Fort Lauderdale, FL, the organic pizza restaurant chain offers fresh, natural and organic foods in all its eco-friendly, LEED certified locations worldwide. Pizza Fusion's mission is to uphold the highest level of integrity in all they do, from the quality and origin of their food to their care for the health of their customers and the environment. Pizza Fusion,"Saving the Earth, One Pizza at a Time."