Los Angeles / CA. (cpk) California Pizza Kitchen (CPK), the maker of California-style pizza, announced the opening of a new franchise location at Santiago International Airport in Chile, expanding CPK’s global footprint in Latin America. This new opening in Chile marks CPK’s 41st international restaurant with more locations scheduled to open in Costa Rica and India in the next few months. A new domestic franchise restaurant is also scheduled to open in October. The brand announced this past November that franchising was now a growth strategy for CPK. Additionally, CPK has 145 company domestic restaurants currently operating with a new company restaurant opening scheduled for October.
Located inside Santiago International Airport, the newest CPK franchise aligns with the brand’s focus to grow its franchise locations inside airports and casinos, as well as small and large format restaurants both domestically and internationally. The restaurant will be owned and operated by specialty retailer Morpho Travel Experience, a subsidiary of Grupo Britt, specializing in food, beverage, and travel shops in airports, hotels, and resorts. Morpho Travel Experience currently operates eight food and beverage concepts including locations in four international airports.
«We’re excited to partner with Morpho Travel Experience and expand the CPK brand throughout Latin America, a market known for its vibrant culture that resonates closely with CPK and its California inspired vibe,» said Giorgio Minardi, EVP of Global and Franchise Operations. «As we continue our global expansion, it’s critical that we have partners that share in our mission to bring quality ingredients and creativity to customers – no matter where they live. This latest opening gives international travelers who pass through Santiago’s busy airport the chance to enjoy a slice of California from thousands of miles away.»
The CPK in Santiago International Airport will be located within the new international terminal, T2, an area with heavy foot traffic serving thousands of international travelers daily. Featuring a state-of-the-art design and a bright, open atmosphere, this newest CPK location will provide a relaxing California atmosphere for busy travelers. Just like sunny California, guests will feel an abundance of warmth and golden light when they step into the CPK in Chile, a feel that resonates throughout all CPK restaurants.
CPK’s latest airport location builds on an already momentous year for the brand, which entered Canada for the first time with its new Edmonton location last month and its new franchise location in India earlier this year. CPK will also expand into Costa Rica later this year.