Gourmet Pizza Leader Zpizza Continues Expansion with a New Location in Brea, CA

January 26, 2011 // Franchising.com // Irvine, CA, — zpizza, the fast casual gourmet pizza chain known as "the pure one", has finalized a contract with new franchisee, ZP-Brea, LLC to open a new restaurant in Brea, California. The Southern California based chain currently has 95 open stores and over 400 new locations in development across the U.S., the Middle East, Mexico and Vietnam.

ZP-Brea plans to open their new restaurant in the Brea Plaza in Brea California within the second quarter of 2011. ZP-Brea partners bring with them substantial expertise in food services and manufacturing and in commercial real estate. "We have spent several years traveling the country, speaking to Franchisor's and Franchisee's within the fast casual marketplace. We knew that our backgrounds in food and real estate would leverage well within the restaurant franchise industry. We wanted a company with an established market niche and a healthy alternative without sacrificing flavor. Not only does zpizza fit the menu profile but they have outstanding systems and support staff. Zpizza was the clear choice to sign with and we look forward to owning multiple locations," says operating partner Richard Kato.

Featured on Good Morning America as a healthy dining option, zpizza is revolutionizing the way consumers think about pizza. Zpizza takes a unique approach to the crowded pizza segment by appealing to traditional pizza lovers, health conscious consumers, vegans, vegetarians, gluten-free patrons and gourmet palates alike. Their menu offers a variety of tasty and adventurous pizzas as well as sandwiches, salads and calzones. Diners also have the opportunity to create their own pizza with a selection of premium ingredients —including 100% certified organic wheat and sauce, part-skim, rBGH-free mozzarella, gluten-free crust, additive-free meats, vegan cheese, fresh veggies and other toppings. </p><h2>About zpizza:</h2><p> Zpizza opened their first location in 1986 in Laguna Beach, California. Units range from 1,100 – 1,500 sq. ft. and seat 30 patrons. Parents Magazine named zpizza as one of the "Top 10 Best Fast-Casual Family Restaurants" for 2009. Fast Casual Magazine ranked zpizza in their "Top 100 Movers & Shakers" list for 2010 – the chain's fourth consecutive appearance. Pizza Marketing Quarterly named zpizza the 2008 PIE Award winner, dubbing zpizza the Pizza Chain of the Year. Zpizza also won a 2010 Libby Award for Most Vegan-Friendly Restaurant Chain from peta2, and the The Humane Society of the United States says zpizza's "New vegan pizza is the tops." Z pizza also made Entrepreneur Magazine's exclusive 2010 Franchise 500 list for the fourth time, and ranked on Dun & Bradstreet's AllBusiness AllStars 2010 Franchise List. Zpizza has accrued customer choice awards in prominent publications such as the Los Angeles Times and Phoenix New Times, was named AOL City Guide's "Best Pizza" in Orange County, CA, and was ranked Washingtonian Magazine's "Best Pizza Restaurant" for four years running. PMQ placed zpizza at #33 for Top 50 U.S. Pizzerias for the 2009 Pizza Power Report.

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