1000 Degrees Franchise opens 2 shops in Orlando Area

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By   – Reporter, Orlando Business Journal

A New Jersey pizza brand has signed on a franchisee to open its first Orlando stores and create up to 36 new jobs.

Matt Peach, an Orlando resident and new franchisee of Bridgewater, N.J.-based 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza, is opening the brand’s first two eateries in the area by the end of the year, he told Orlando Business Journal. Letters of intent are out for two locations — one in Windermere and one in Winter Park — but Peach also is eyeing new construction near the Mall at Millenia.

A specific Millenia-area location was not given, but Peach said it’s near Super Target and Costco, which aligns with the new Millenia Plaza Way commercial construction that will include Pei Wei Asian Diner and Zoës Kitchen, as previously reported by OBJ.

Each new 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza will create 16-18 jobs, and applications for those will open in October, Peach said.

Customization is the top factor at 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza. Fifteen specialty pizzas like Hawaiian Fire — spicy sriracha marinara, shredded mozzarella, Canadian bacon, banana peppers and pineapple chunks — and a make-your-own option are available.

“In my opinion, it’s a totally different pizza experience. You go to the line, pick out all your own toppings, it’s put in a brick oven and about 2 minutes later you have the pizza,” Peach said.

Beyond the first two, even more 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza locations are on Peach’s radar. Submarkets he’s eyeing are east Orlando near the University of Central Florida, Altamonte Springs, Oviedo and Kissimmee, he said.

New restaurants not only bring jobs, but they also bring vendor and construction opportunities for local firms.

The chain offers 12 specialty pizzas, including favorites like the Barbecue Bourbon Chicken, which features sweet and smoky bourbon barbecue sauce, roasted chicken, red onion, pineapple, shredded Grande brand mozzarella and blue cheeses. Pizzas are fired at 1000 degrees in a Neapolitan brick oven and cook in about two minutes.

It’s all about options at 1000 Degrees, where patrons can get a 10-inch or 14-inch pizza with seven different meat options, 12 types of veggies and eight varieties of cheeses and sauces, all assembled in front of your eyes. Pizza crusts are a classic Neapolitan style, or a Roman style that is a thicker variety that’s rolled out into more of a flatbread.

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For more information on the 1000 Degrees Pizza brand, or for franchise or investor relations, please call 609-382-3022, contact Lauren Heininger via phone at 609-382-3022, OR visit the company website at www.1000DegreesPizza.com