California Pizza Kitchen Launches National Franchise Program


California Pizza Kitchen announced the launch of its first domestic franchise program on Wednesday, following a successful expansion strategy through franchise partnerships.

The Beverly Hills, Calif., Brand recently announced the opening of new franchise stores in Hong Kong and Alberta, Canada, making it the company’s first foray into the North American country. Now, CPK will be bringing its franchise program to the United States for the first time.

“For the first time in 35 years of history, we look forward to engaging new national franchise partners who share a passion for creating memorable dining experiences and expanding our reach to bring CPK to even more diners at the nationwide, ”said CPK, executive vice president of CPK. Global Development and Franchise Operations Giorgio Minardi said in a statement. “In addition to the aggressive growth of our overseas franchise, we look forward to recruiting new partners here in the States who believe in our imaginative California menu and unmatched hospitality. ”

In July 2020, CPK filed for Ch. 11 reorganization, then exited bankruptcy in October 2020. More recently, the company completed its debt refinancing in October 2021, with plans to move forward with a new plan and expanded growth plans.

With plans to aggressively expand its global and domestic presence in 2022 and beyond, California Pizza Kitchen currently has 200 locations in eight U.S. countries and territories, including 40 international franchises and 16 domestic franchises in transportation hubs and retail locations. places of entertainment.

“California Pizza Kitchen is a recognized leader in the global restaurant industry for innovative cuisine and friendly hospitality,” said Jim Hyatt, president and CEO of California Pizza Kitchen, in a statement. “With Giorgio leading our vast franchise expansion, we look forward to expanding our national and global footprint in 2022 and beyond. “

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