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Pizza Pizza plans to expand in Winnipeg

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Canada's largest pizza restaurant chain -- Pizza Pizza -- is continuing its aggressive expansion in the Winnipeg market with plans to open four more outlets this year and at least two more in 2015.

"We're very happy with the growth and prosperity we've seen in the city," said Pat Finelli, the Toronto-based chain's chief marketing officer. "With nine locations in the community, we're hopeful that we will continue to grown in the region..."

Finelli said the company already has its eyes on two potential sites -- one in St. Boniface and the other in the Sage Creek area in southeast Winnipeg. Negotiations are underway with the landlords of those two properties, he said. Finelli said all of the local restaurants are franchises, rather than company-owned outlets, "so it has to be locations that we like and they (the franchisees) like."

He said they usually prefer to be in strip malls or retail plazas where traffic volumes are good. One plaza they're looking at has a junior department store and another fast-food outlet as tenants.

If the company is able to open four new outlets this year, it will likely add at least two more in Winnipeg in 2015. It's also keen on expanding into the Brandon market within the next six to 12 months, Finelli said.

 

-- Murray McNeill

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 19, 2014 B7

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