CiCi’s Pizza Names Michael Iglesias as Director of Franchise Development

CiCi’s Pizza, home of the endless pizza, pasta, salad and dessert buffet, has announced the hiring of Michael Iglesias as its new director of franchise development. With more than 25 years of franchising, restaurant development and real estate experience, Iglesias becomes an integral part of a seasoned franchise development team that focuses on new and existing franchise growth, strategic market planning, construction and real estate support.

An industry veteran, Iglesias has spent nearly his entire career successfully implementing the strategic growth initiatives for iconic brands within the franchise food sector. “Michael brings an unparalleled track record and insight to CiCi’s that will undoubtedly lead us to reaching and surpassing our strategic growth initiatives,” said Vice President of Real Estate and Franchise Development Thomas McCord. “Michael will strengthen our franchise system through the recruitment of new franchisees and take our brand to new markets by leveraging the strength of our portfolio of three prototypes that include our traditional buffet, Express and To Go.”

The hiring of Iglesias is part of a larger company mission to strategically grow the brand in coming years. To help spur development in new and underserved markets – New York, New Jersey, Los Angeles, San Diego, Salt Lake City and Chicago among others – CiCi’s Pizza has recently announced creative development incentives, including an ingenious franchise equity partnership program that was launched this year. The company is also exploring growth in Mexico, Canada, and Puerto Rico, as well as in nontraditional venues such as airports, casinos, military bases and universities.

Looking to attract single and multi-unit operators with proven experience in team leadership, CiCi’s Pizza offers four distinct revenue streams: the custom buffet, catering, To Go and the game room. Varying business prototypes (ranging from 750 – 3,600 square feet) are available to new franchisees designed to maximize profits for the owner and provide for convenient brand availability for CiCi’s Pizza’s guests. Restaurant design options include the traditional buffet model, To Go units and an Express prototype currently under test.

CiCi's Pizza Names Michael Iglesias as Director of Franchise DevelopmentCoppell, Texas-based CiCi’s Pizza opened its first restaurant in Plano, Texas, in 1985 and now has approximately 500 restaurants in 34 states. The family-oriented restaurant, known for its endless pizza, pasta, salad, soup and dessert buffet, was named America’s favorite pizza chain in the 2012 Market Force survey and has been listed by Zagat and Parents magazine as a top family-friendly restaurant. Also in 2012, CiCi’s fully redesigned website was honored as an outstanding website by WebAwards, CiCi’s was recognized by G.I. Jobs as a Military Friendly Franchise, and Entrepreneur named CiCi’s to its Franchise 500 list. For more information about CiCi’s, visit or

For franchising information, contact Michael Iglesias at, 972-745-9313.