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.”