California Pizza Kitchen inks 2 international deals

California Pizza Kitchen inks 2 international deals

07 Apr 2022 - California Pizza Kitchen has announced the signing of two international franchise agreements with plans to open seven international restaurants and two airport locations by the end of the year, according to a press release.

CPK signed agreements in Costa Rica and Chile, bringing the brand's locations to approximately 50 overseas restaurants. Additionally, new locations are set to open in India, Chile, Costa Rica, Alberta, Canada, as well as in the Santiago, Chile and Costa Rica, San Jose airports.

Leveraging its strong business model and cult-like pizza following that has fueled its growth since 1985, California Pizza Kitchen plans to continue to aggressively expand its footprint both domestically and internationally in 2022 and beyond.

"We're proud of our first quarter achievements and are eager to continue building upon our success to drive our expansion in the U.S. Our California-Forward casual dining concept is unlike any other in the restaurant industry and we're ready to expand with new multi-unit restaurant operators," Giorgio Minardi, executive vice president of global and franchise operations, said in the release. "Building on our steady presence overseas, we are optimistic about the possibility to strengthen our brand even further through our domestic franchise program. It's an exciting time at CPK, and we look forward to welcoming new franchisees to the team and bringing our own slice of California to new markets nationwide."

California Pizza Kitchen operates nearly 200 restaurants in eight countries and U.S. territories.