Know for fast casual artisan pizza, Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza has announced the appointment of Jim Mizes as President and Chief Operating Officer. Mizes will be responsible for leading the national expansion of Blaze Pizza.
“The addition of Jim to our team highlights our commitment to assembling a best in class headquarter staff,” says Elise Wetzel, co-founder of Blaze Pizza. “Jim has overseen the development of over 500 restaurants in his career, and is well suited to lead our franchise expansion across the country.”
Within a month Mizes has signed agreements with four separate franchise groups to develop a total of 31 Blaze Pizza restaurants in Houston TX, Baltimore MD, Washington DC, Rapid City SD, and Ontario/Riverside CA. With the addition of these agreements, Blaze Pizza now has 20 franchise groups under contract to develop a total of 172 restaurants in 14 states.
“Our long-term goal is to build a strong, enduring national brand,” says Mizes. “To that end, besides building a strong scalable store model, we are partnering with a small group of elite-level multi-unit franchisees with plans to quickly build a concentration of Blaze Pizza restaurants in key markets across the country.”
Blaze Pizza is registered to franchise in all 50 states and is partnering with established restaurant operators to support the company’s expansion.
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