While gourmet pizza with an array of unusual toppings is commonplace these days, it was a novelty in 1987 when Sid Fanarof opened the first ZPizza in Laguna Beach, California. The handcrafted pies, which boasted such health-conscious ingredients as chicken with salsa and artichokes and capers, caught on quickly. Today, the multi-unit chain, which prefers high-profile lifestyle centers and metropolitan retail centers, serves oversize salads and sandwiches as well as pizza. And pies can be made with alternatives like soy cheeses, gluten-free crusts and certified organic ingredients.
|Location||Newport Beach, Calif.|
|2008 Systemwide Sales ($000)||$49,000,000*|
|YOY Sales Change||36.1%|
|2008 U.S. Units||87|
|YOY Unit Change||26.1%|
|2008 Average Unit Volume ($000)||$615,000*|
|Future 50 Year||2009|