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With two rotations and two minutes in a large brick oven, customers at 1,000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza can expect to get a piece of the pie pretty quickly.

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Mark Connelly and Nadia Grosskreutz own and operate the 1,000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza on South 42nd Street in Grand Forks. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Owners of the new pizza place on South 42nd Street describe their product as a cross between Neapolitan and New York styles, which they hope will separate themselves from the rest of the local pizza market they joined this week.

“In every other respect, it’s pizza,” said Mark Connelly, an owner of the business. “I think it’s the best quality pizza we could find.”

The American consumer’s appetite for the cheesy, saucy pies is growing, and locals seem to be no exception. Even by conservative definitions of “pizza restaurant,” Grand Forks and East Grand Forks are home to roughly 15 different pizza brands, including corporate shops and independent restaurants.

Operators of those restaurants say they try to separate themselves from the competition with prices, unique recipes and styles, and markets they aim to serve. And there seems to be plenty of dough to go around.

U.S. pizza sales topped $38.5 billion in the year that ended September 2014, according to figures from CHD Expert and Technomic cited by PMQ Pizza Magazine. That’s up roughly 3 percent from the previous year.

There may be a simple reason for that demand.

“Pizza’s the best,” said Matt Winjum, a co-owner of Rhombus Guys in downtown Grand Forks.

1,000 Degrees, which is connected to the Baymont Inn and Suites and had its grand opening Thursday, is the latest pizza chain to move into Grand Forks. Based in New Jersey, the brand has more than 10 restaurants in operation but plans to expand. The Grand Forks location is its first restaurant in North Dakota.

Connelly said he tried a number of the existing pizza places in town as he helped developed the restaurant but still saw an opportunity to add something unique to the market.

When asked what sets 1,000 Degrees apart from the plethora of pizza options in the area, managing partner Nadia Grosskreutz said, “I think the atmosphere, just seeing the pizza getting cooked in front of you.”

The restaurant features a Subway-like topping bar to craft a unique pie.

The pizza place’s preparation and ingredients may be different, but the end result is almost always the same: a circular piece of dough covered in sauce, cheese and toppings.

“Everybody kind of does everything a little bit differently,” Winjum said. “For me, it’s pizza, but it’s so much more. The crust is just kind of like the canvas.”

While Rhombus Guys gets most of its business from dine-in customers, other places don’t offer that option. One of them is Deek’s Pizza on North Washington Street, which only delivers and provides take-out.

Deek’s owner Tyler Kuenzel said they focus on the college student market.

“Our main customer is the college community,” he said. “Delivering until 3 (a.m.) helps, and then just trying to make sure you’re giving the best possible value to the customer is mainly how we try and do it.”

Asked which market Marco’s Pizza concentrates, area representative Joe Deck said they look for “swing sets and pools.”

“We’re really after families,” he said, adding their south end location is poised to take advantage of new home development.

But the opening of another pizza restaurant marks some fresh concerns for Deck.

“What’ll happen is the market will shake somebody out,” he said. “We welcome any new business to Grand Forks, but I hope there are enough dollars to go around for everybody.”

Others were less worried.

Spicy Pie opened near the Columbia Mall in December 2014. That brand’s marketing director, Mary Brown, said they consider “any restaurant competition,” whether it’s serving pizza, burgers, tacos or other menu items.

“In North Dakota, any larger town you go to there’s going to be a ton of restaurants and a ton of competition around for any restaurant coming into town,” she said.

But pizza may have an advantage in its near-universal appeal.

“If you find somebody who doesn’t like pizza, then they might be crazy,” Brown said. “Pizza’s always a good go-to for families, for friends, for eating comfort food by yourself.”

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New 1000 Degrees Pizza Store Openings

The customizable fast-casual food craze continues with a new development agreement from 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza, which will open its Florida stores in March.

Similar to Blaze Pizza, a concept that recently entered the South Florida market, 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza offers 10-inch and 14-inch pizzas that are made with guests’ choice of toppings and baked in minutes.

Franchisees Julianne Burtin and Nick Anagno of Inferno Group Holdings have agreed to open 12 units of the chain, nearly doubling 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza’s current footprint. The brand has 10 locations open across New Jersey, Michigan and Connecticut and dozens more in development for Ohio, Texas, California, Arizona, North Dakota, Virginia, Florida and Malaysia.

By the end of 2016, 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza expects to open 80 units and projects another 170 to open in 2017.

Inferno Group’s Florida stores are expected to start their ribbon cuttings by spring in counties such as Monroe, Palm Beach, Collier, Lee, Hendry, Martin, Glades, Charlotte, Sarasota, De Soto, Highlands, Okeechobee, Saint Lucie, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Hardee, Indian River and Brevard.

“This multi-unit franchise deal is only one example of the increased demand we’re seeing for 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza across the nation,” said CEO and founder Brian Petruzzi in a statement. “We’re thrilled to have Julianne and Nick on board to grow our brand and introduce our high-quality product throughout the South Florida region.”

Potential franchisees can expect an initial investment between $175,000 to $675,000 to open a location. Franchise fees include $29,500 for a single store or $25,000 each for multiple stores. Recurring fees including a 6 percent monthly royalty and a national ad fund contribution of 2 percent, according to the brand’s website.
1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza is among a large group of growing fast-casual concepts that are clamoring for space in South Florida’s densely populated neighborhoods. The brand was founded in 2014.

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Fast-casual pizzeria chain signs development deal for its first Florida stores

By   – Digital Producer, South Florida Business Journal

The customizable fast-casual food craze continues with a new development agreement from 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza, which will open its Florida stores in March.

Similar to Blaze Pizza, a concept that recently entered the South Florida market, 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza offers 10-inch and 14-inch pizzas that are made with guests’ choice of toppings and baked in minutes.

Franchisees Julianne Burtin and Nick Anagno of Inferno Group Holdings have agreed to open 12 units of the chain, nearly doubling 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza’s current footprint. The brand has 10 locations open across New Jersey, Michigan and Connecticut and dozens more in development for Ohio, Texas, California, Arizona, North Dakota, Virginia, Florida and Malaysia.

By the end of 2016, 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza expects to open 80 units and projects another 170 to open in 2017.

Inferno Group’s Florida stores are expected to start their ribbon cuttings by spring in counties such as Monroe, Palm Beach, Collier, Lee, Hendry, Martin, Glades, Charlotte, Sarasota, De Soto, Highlands, Okeechobee, Saint Lucie, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Hardee, Indian River and Brevard.

“This multi-unit franchise deal is only one example of the increased demand we’re seeing for 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza across the nation,” said CEO and founder Brian Petruzzi in a statement. “We’re thrilled to have Julianne and Nick on board to grow our brand and introduce our high-quality product throughout the South Florida region.”

Potential franchisees can expect an initial investment between $175,000 to $325,000 to open a location. Franchise fees include $29,500 for a single store or $25,000 each for multiple stores. Recurring fees including a 6 percent monthly royalty and a national ad fund contribution of 2 percent, according to the brand’s website.

1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza is among a large group of growing fast-casual concepts that are clamoring for space in South Florida’s densely populated neighborhoods. The brand was founded in 2014.

For more information on the 1000 Degrees Pizza brand, or for franchise or investor relations, please visit the company website at www.1000DegreesPizza.com.

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1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza announced it has signed a franchise agreement to bring 12 units to South Florida, the first of which is expected to open by March 2016.

The South Florida agreement is part of 1000 Degrees’ expansion throughout the state. The company has recently partnered with local franchisees in the Northern and Central regions of Florida, with restaurants expected to open in Lake City, Jacksonville, Gainesville and Orlando within the next three years, according to a company press release.

Franchise partners Julianne Burtin and Nick Anagno of Inferno Group Holdings said they plan to open the 12 new South Florida 1000 Degrees locations within the next five years. Both entrepreneurs, having previously launched a swimwear company and grown a motorcycle brand and restaurant, respectively, the couple decided to go into business together when they saw the growth of the fast-casual pizza industry.

“Through our deal with 1000 Degrees, Nick and I found an opportunity to develop the customizable pizza concept throughout South Florida,” Burtin said. “We’re excited to bring the brand’s upbeat vibe, high quality ingredients and great tasting food to our hometown and surrounding counties.”

1000 Degrees currently has more than 10 domestic restaurants open in New Jersey, Michigan and Connecticut and one location in Malaysia.

“This multi-unit franchise deal is only one example of the increased demand we’re seeing for 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza across the nation,” said Brian Petruzzi, 1000 Degrees CEO and founder. “We’re thrilled to have Julianne and Nick on board to grow our brand and introduce our high-quality product throughout the South Florida region.”

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1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza, a fast-casual American spin on authentic, hand-tossed Neapolitan pizza, opened a new restaurant November 30 at the Tanger Outlets at Foxwoods, located at Foxwoods Resort and Casino complex.

The franchised location is the first in Connecticut for the fast-growing brand, which currently has more than 10 domestic restaurants open throughout New Jersey and Michigan, as well as one location in Malaysia. The national franchise is growing at a rapid pace, estimating it will open more than 80 units by the end of 2016, and projecting an additional 170 units by 2017.

“We are thrilled to expand this brand into the high-traffic Foxwoods Tanger Outlets and to be serving the shoppers and casino visitors,” says 1000 Degrees CEO and founder Brian Petruzzi. “More and more people are looking for quick, quality food when they are shopping or traveling and we are excited to be able to provide those options.”

1000 Degrees serves personalized, made-to-order authentic Neapolitan pizza. Each pizza starts with fresh, never-frozen, hand-tossed dough, created with authentic Neapolitan “00” flour and available in both a personal 10-inch and sharable 14-inch sizes. Guests then choose to create their own pizza or order one of the 1000 Degrees Favorites.

Customizing a 1000 Degrees pizza is truly a unique experience, as guests can choose to top theirs with any of the more than 50 high quality cheeses, sauces, meats, vegetables, and other toppings all for one flat price. While choosing their toppings, customers are guided down an assembly line of pizza consultants to create a pizza that is totally unique to them.

Unlike traditional Neapolitan pizza, which has a slightly undercooked center and requires a fork and knife to eat, 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza has fused this classic style with American flare. The result is a thin crust pizza that maintains the light and airy appeal of a Neapolitan style pizza.

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1000-Degrees Pizza in Roseville to offer free pies

Michigan’s first 1000-Degrees Pizza franchise has opened in Roseville, bringing fast-fired, hand-tossed Neapolitan-style pizzas to the corner of 14 Mile and Gratiot, in front of Macomb Mall.

At its grand opening event Thursday, Nov. 5, the first 10 guests through the doors at 11 a.m. will win free pizza for a year.

In addition, everyone who visits that day between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. —  and who “likes” 1000 Degrees on Facebook or follows it on Instagram or Twitter — will receive one 10-inch pizza of their choice.

The Roseville pizzeria is one of three that Capital Pizza Ventures restaurant group will open in metro Detroit.  The next location will be in Allen Park, said franchise partner Rudy Sawa.  “We’re getting close — probably another two to three weeks,” he said. Their third site has not been selected.

Another ffranchise Sean Carleton of Brighton, will open four more restaurants in metro Detroit, starting next week with a store at 7 Mile and Middlebelt in Livonia. His other locations will be at the Green Oaks Shops in Brighton, Partridge Creek Mall in Clinton Township and Lakeside Mall in Sterling Heights, plus one in Maumee, Ohio.

1000-Degrees Pizza uses fresh, never frozen, dough made with Neapolitan “00” flour and offers its pies as individual 10-inch sizes and shareable 14-inchers. Guests can customize their pizzas with more than 50 cheeses, sauces, meats, vegetables and other toppings. Individual build-your-own pies are $7.95 and 14-inch pies are $14.95 — all regardless of which toppings guests choose. Gluten-free pies are $9.95.

A dozen signature pizzas are also available, ranging from Barbecue Bourbon Chicken to the Philly.

The Roseville location is open Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m; and Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.  For more information about the company and its daily free-pizza contests, go to www.facebook.com/1000DegreesPizzaRoseville.  (32427 Gratiot; 586-296-3010 or www.1000DegreesPizza.com)

Contact writer Sylvia Rector:  313-222-5016 and srector@freepress.com.  Follow her on Twitter @SylviaRector.

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