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How an Iranian immigrant figured out the pizza business

A Deeper Dive: Shahpour Nejad, CEO and cofounder of Pizza Guys, joins the restaurant podcast to discuss his company’s history, its slow growth and its shift into a higher expansion gear.

Emerging Brands

Sam Fox bakes up two new pizza growth vehicles

The Arizona restaurateur is finally ready to add locations of Detroit-style Fly Bye and full-service Doughbird after running them as single units for years.

The struggling chain added more buffet locations last year for the first time in nearly a quarter-century. It also has a new design it hopes will generate more growth.

The full-service brand is touting the ability of a lodging property to add pizza delivery.

The Detroit-based chain will replace Pizza Hut, which had held the sponsorship since 2018.

The company also operates Dunkin’ locations. U.S. private equity firm The Carlyle Group plans to sell its shares in the company.

The company has found that delivery drivers want shorter shifts, flexible hours and the ability to sign on at the last minute, just like they get with aggregators like DoorDash.

The company’s promotion, offering 50% off pizzas ordered online, is returning this week after a pandemic hiatus.

Uber and Lyft drivers prefer the flexibility and better pay, according to a new study by BTIG, which suggested pizza chains may need to change their business models to compete.

These pizza chains had the most sales in 2021, according to the Technomic Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report.

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