Blaze Pizza New Franchise Agreement Signing in Miami
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Blaze Pizza New Franchise Agreement Signing in Miami

December 02, 2021 // // LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Blaze Pizza announced today the signing of a new franchise development agreement that will bring nine new units to the greater Miami market. Spearheading this development are seasoned multi-unit operators Asif Ghaffar and Tahir Mahmood of BLD Restaurant Group, who are expanding their existing portfolio with the pizza franchise. 

Local franchisees Ghaffar and Mahmood are slated to open their first new Blaze Pizza in the Miami market in Spring 2022, with a second location already under development and on track to open shortly after. In addition to their new partnership with Blaze Pizza, Ghaffar and Mahmood have more than 15 years of experience in franchising and food service, currently operating 12 Denny’s restaurants throughout Miami.

“After navigating the significant disruptions COVID-19 caused to full-service dine-in restaurants, Tahir and I wanted to diversify with a fast-casual concept that offered strong infrastructure and proven processes,” said Asif Ghaffar. “With the entire restaurant industry reeling in the early days of the pandemic, Blaze Pizza pivoted operations quickly and showcased its resilience, and this ability to adapt in the face of a crisis made the brand stand out.”

Despite the challenges of the pandemic, Blaze Pizza’s investments in technology and operational support coupled with consumer demand for its innovative products have fueled its expansion. The brand’s pipeline consists of prototypes with flexible dining experiences that meet consumers' demand for convenience, including curbside pick-up, third-party delivery, and drive-thru lanes. 

“As pioneers of the DIY model in the pizza segment, our understanding of consumer preferences and commitment to innovation are second-to-none,” said Ed Yancey, vice president of franchise development for Blaze Pizza. “We’re thrilled our newest franchisees Asif and Tahir identified Blaze as the ideal fast casual concept to diversify their full-service portfolio, and look forward to supporting their growth in South Florida.”

SOURCE Blaze Pizza



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