The Pandemic Couldn’t Stop Pizza Inn from Growing Its Buffet Count
Brand marks major milestone for first time in 24 years
DALLAS, June 27, 2022 // GLOBE NEWSWIRE // - Many thought the pandemic would be the demise of buffet-style dining. But Pizza Inn beat the odds. For the first time in 24 years, America’s favorite pizza place has achieved a major milestone with its first annual increase in domestic buffet count since 1998, resulting in a net gain of two stores.
RAVE President and CEO, Brandon Solano, credits the franchisees for their laser focus on operations and customer service during one of the restaurant industry’s most challenging times.
“With Sunday marking the close of our fiscal year, I could not be more proud of our franchise community. It doesn’t go unnoticed that we achieved this major milestone while operating buffets in the middle of a pandemic. The recipe for our success is simple, but one that requires a daily commitment to house-made dough and franchisee profitability,” explains Solano.
And if ending the 2022 fiscal year with more stores wasn’t enough good news, Solano also expressed excitement for the rollout of Pizza Inn’s reimagined store design. This fall, the brand will debut its new prototype in Asheboro, North Carolina. Simultaneously, the Mesquite, Texas location near Pizza Inn’s headquarters, will be reimagined to showcase elements of the new design.
RAVE Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Mike Burns, agrees. “The investments we are making in Pizza Inn are already paying off. The increased store count, an exciting new design for our customers, coupled with eight consecutive quarters of profitability show we are on the right path,” Burns concludes.
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