Pizza Guys Looks to Expand in San Diego

Pizza Guys Franchise

California-Based Pizza Franchise Hopes to Open 15 Locations South of Los Angeles

The Pizza Guys franchise plans to open more than a dozen sites south of Los Angeles, targeting the San Diego area in particular for expansion. The brand seeks qualified franchise owners who share Pizza Guys’ passion for pizzas with quality ingredients, providing excellent customer service, and giving back to their communities. 

Resilient Business Model 

Pizza Guys has a resilient takeout and delivery business model that thrived even through the pandemic. The company’s leaders pointed out that all of its restaurants have operated successfully over the past two trying years, proving the already-solid business model can pivot in a pinch. In 2021, the average per unit sales were over a million dollars. Online ordering and a loyalty program also have proved to be important advantages for the company during the pandemic. 

Shahpour Nejad, CEO and co-founder of Pizza Guys
Shahpour Nejad, CEO and co-founder of Pizza Guys

Shahpour Nejad, CEO and co-founder of Pizza Guys, says takeout and delivered meals have been crucial to revenue flow for the entire restaurant industry during the past two trying years, “which means it’s a perfect industry for people to become involved in, especially with Pizza Guys.” 

Low Start-Up Costs and Hands-On Franchisee Support

For qualifying individuals who want to franchise with Pizza Guys, the initial fees are low. The brand estimates a start-up cost of $160,000 to $344,000 for construction and equipment. There is an initial franchise fee of $25,000 and a continuing 5% royalty on gross sales. 

Prospects also have access to a great support team that helps them through every step of the way. “When you join Pizza Guys, you join a family,” Shahpour Nejad says. “We are a very hands-on franchise and do everything we can to support our local franchisees. You get the independence of being a business owner with the support and guidance from our experienced corporate team. We are looking for new additions to our family who can help share our delicious food and embrace San Diego as Pizza Guys’ newest community.”

Pizza Guys franchise
Pizza Guys began franchising in 1994 and now has 69 stores operating in three states.

Home of the Specialty Pizzas 

As “Home of the Specialty Pizzas,” Pizza Guys focuses on creating delicious and unique specialty pizzas you can’t find anywhere else. Since its founding in 1986, the brand has specialized in mouthwatering handcrafted pizzas such as Serrano Chili, Curry Chicken Delight and Texas Barbeque pizza flavors. Of course, the brand offers traditional flavors such as pepperoni and vegetarian, plus create-your-own options in addition to serving salads, wings, pasta dishes and various cheesy breads. 

Each Pizza Guys restaurant makes its dough from scratch daily and tops it with a proprietary sauce blend of herbs and spices, vine-ripened tomatoes grown in Central California, and 100% whole-milk mozzarella cheese. The pizza franchise regularly offers specials and other promotions so that it can meet virtually every customer’s budget. 

Customer Service Focus 

Pizza Guys takes great pride in its customer service, so it’s looking for franchise owners who share the same dedication to an amazing customer experience with the food and employee interactions. The brand provides extensive training tools to equip each restaurant location with the tools they need to provide the best service in the industry. From easy ordering to offering Pickup Perks, curbside delivery, and curbside pickup, Pizza Guys always strives to provide a great service. 

Giving Back to the Community 

Pizza Guys has a strong passion for its home state of California and for giving back to as many Golden State communities as possible. The brand has ramped up its community service mission during the past couple of years. Pizza Guys made local headlines for donating thousands of pizzas to healthcare workers throughout the pandemic. Not only that, the brand has been partnering with the American Cancer Society since 2014. Through the partnership, they have raised over $235,000 for breast cancer research and services.

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Jill Abrahamsen’s career spans more than 20 years in editorial, design, and marketing roles. She serves as editor-in-chief of Franchise Consultant Magazine and FranchiseWire. Through both platforms, Jill reports on industry news and helps Franchisors spread the word about their brands.
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