Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza recently announced that Millennial Restaurant Group, a partnership between franchise veterans Junior Bridgeman and Jim Patterson, has signed an agreement to develop 30 Blaze Pizza franchise units in Florida, Tennessee and Kentucky. With the addition of Millennial, the build-your-own pizza concept now has agreements with 23 franchise partners that include commitments to build 240 restaurants in 19 states and Washington DC over the next three to five years. Today, Blaze Pizza has 10 restaurants open in California and the Midwest, and plans to open 45 new units in key markets across the country in 2014. The 45 new restaurants will be a combination of franchisee-owned and company-owned units.
Millennial Restaurant Group is jointly controlled by former NBA player Ulysses “Junior” Bridgeman and restaurant veteran Jim Patterson. Bridgeman, ranked the fifth largest franchisee in the country, is the owner/operator of 125 Chili’s and 195 Wendy’s restaurants. Patterson, the founder of Rally’s Hamburgers and Long John’s Silvers, is the owner of 40 Wendy’s restaurants. Wayne Albritton, former CEO of Rally’s Hamburgers, will be the franchise group’s Managing Partner.
“Super-fast, custom-built pizza is proving to be extremely popular with consumers,” said Bridgeman. “We’ve already seen the successful development of burgers, burritos and sandwiches into a fast-casual format. Similarly, we believe that fast-casual pizza, and Blaze Pizza in particular, will be huge.”
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