Los Angeles / CA. (bpl) Blade Pizza LLC, with own words the United States’ leading fast-casual franchise pizza concept, announced it has accelerated its franchise development efforts in the first quarter of 2021, signing agreements to develop 16 new restaurants in Texas, Florida and Tennessee. On the heels of a strong 2020 and ongoing nationwide growth, Blaze Pizza’s compounding success has continued to attract multi-unit operators to the brand and positioned the trailblazing concept for further expansion in 2021 and beyond. As part of these new agreement signings, Blaze will grow its presence in key target markets including Austin, Texas; Panama City, Florida; and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, among others.
Spearheading Blaze Pizza’s development in Texas is multi-unit operator and CEO of Carpo Pizza Enterprises Kelsey Irvine, who plans to develop 10 new locations in the greater Austin area. The 26-year old franchisee brings extensive experience in the franchising industry, currently operating 11 Jersey Mike’s franchise locations in addition to his new partnership with Blaze. Texas continues to be a prime growth market for Blaze Pizza, with four new locations opening throughout the Dallas market in Spring 2021.
In addition to the Austin deal signing, Blaze Pizza has also signed a franchise agreement with Kunal Patel to expand its presence throughout the Southeast with six new units. Patel currently has locations under development in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and Panama City, Florida, with plans to continue growing throughout the Florida panhandle, Alabama and Mississippi over the next several years. In addition to becoming a Blaze franchisee, Patel and his family own and operate a variety of hotel properties nationwide with globally ranked brands such as Marriott, Best Western Hotels + Resorts, Wyndham, among others, bringing a unique expertise in hospitality and guest services to the fast casual franchise.
With dozens of new locations under development, Blaze Pizza is in the midst of aggressive expansion and is looking to add qualified franchisees to its growing brand. Franchise opportunities remain in markets across the U.S., including the Northeast and Texas. Founded in 2011, the chain counts currently 340 restaurant units.