The brand that was born in Beverely Hills 35 years ago has finally opened up its domestic market for franchising. California Pizza Kitchen has returned to 2019 performance levels and has signed international partnerships in Canada and Hong Kong.
“For the first time in our 35-year history, we’re eager to engage new domestic franchisee partners that share a passion for creating memorable dining experiences and expand our reach to bring CPK to even more diners nationwide,” said Giorgio Minardi, executive vice president of global development and franchise operations for California Pizza Kitchen.
“In addition to our aggressive franchise growth overseas, we look forward to bringing on new partners here in the states who believe in our imaginative, California-forward menu and unmatched hospitality.”
Minardi joined California Pizza Kitchen in 2019 with more than 35 years of experience as an international retail operating executive, holding leadership roles at Telepizza Group, Dunkin’ Brands, Autogrill Group, Burger King, and McDonald’s North Asia.
“California Pizza Kitchen is a known leader in the global restaurant industry when it comes to innovative cuisine and friendly hospitality,” said Jim Hyatt, President and CEO at California Pizza Kitchen.
“With Giorgio at the helm of our extensive franchise expansion, we look forward to expanding our national and global footprint in 2022 and beyond.”
The brand’s global presence includes nearly 200 locations in eight countries and U.S. territories, which includes 40 international franchise locations in addition to 16 domestic franchise locations in airports, casinos, and stadiums across the United States.
In addition to its domestic expansion, California Pizza Kitchen plans to sign franchisee partners in new global markets, including Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Honduras, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, The Caribbean and more.