The global pizza franchise has plans to open 30 new locations in the Tampa market by 2024.
Little Caesars, the recently-named official pizza of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and sponsor of the Raymond James Stadium, is doubling-down on Florida growth with Tampa Bay being named as a key market for the future of the brand’s domestic portfolio.
The brand’s plans for Tampa involve opening 10 new units by the end of this year, with a further 30 locations planned throughout Tampa Bay by 2024. To fulfill these plans, Little Caesars is looking to work with both single- and multi-unit investors in the area.
“Bringing more franchise ownership opportunities to the Tampa Bay area has been a goal of ours for some time,” said Craig Sherwood, VP of U.S development at Little Caesars. “Now that we’re the official pizza of the winning home team and Raymond James Stadium, we can’t imagine a better time to double down on our commitment to bringing our proven pizza business model to aspiring entrepreneurs in this area.”
Little Caesars already has a firm footprint in the Tampa Bay area, and has further Florida growth plans in Naples, Orlando, Jacksonville, Gainesville, and Lake City.
“Tampa residents will be seeing more and more of the Little Caesars brand in the coming years with our presence being amplified at Raymond James Stadium, and we expect that the local community will want more of our delicious pizza beyond this venue,” said Sherwood. “We look forward to working alongside sophisticated franchisees who join us in our endeavors to meet those consumer demands in this key market and beyond.”
Investments in Little Caesars start at around $360,000, with additional incentives for both veterans and first responders. The brand has also heavily invested in bespoke technology, including its Pizza Portal Pickup – the first heated, self-service mobile order pickup station in the restaurant industry.