Pizza Inn Begins 2014 on Record Growth Pace

Pizza Inn Begins 2014 on Record Growth Pace

Popular international chain opens six Express restaurants in January; several more new locations in pipeline

Americans’ appetite for delicious pizza at affordable prices is as strong as ever, as evidenced by the collection of new Pizza Inn Express restaurants that opened in January across three states.

Flash Market Inc. added to its stable of successful Pizza Inn franchises in Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee by opening four new Pizza Inn Express locations last month alone. Three are in Arkansas (Brinkley, Trumann and Wynne).  The other is in Clarkton, MO.

A fifth Pizza Inn Express, owned by franchisee Yasin Mohammad, began operations in Jarrell, TX.  And Dave Gonzalez began dishing out the pizza in late January at his new Hebbronville, TX, restaurant.  All told, it’s a record number of openings in a single month in recent company history.

“It’s been an exciting month at Pizza Inn, with all the new openings and opportunities for continued expansion arising every day,” said Randy Gier, chief executive officer of Pizza Inn Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZI).  “Flash Market has been an outstanding, and highly successful, franchise partner of ours since 2009.  Our entire franchise team came together to ensure the success of all these openings, and they are prepared to keep the growth momentum going in the months ahead.”

Flash Market owns and operates more than 85 convenience-store locations across the Southeast, with 35 different restaurant concepts represented.  In addition to the units opened in January, the company operates one Pizza Inn restaurant in Lebanon, TN, another in Cave City, AR, a location in Saraland, AL, and two units in Marion, AR.

“The Pizza Inn brand is synonymous with quality products, excellent service and great value,” said Keith Brown, food service director for Flash Market.  “We believe the potential for continued growth is virtually limitless, so we’re very pleased to expand our partnership with Randy and his terrific team.”

Founded in 1958 and headquartered in the Dallas suburb of The Colony, TX, Pizza Inn Holdings, Inc., is an owner, franchisor and supplier of a system of more than 300 restaurants operating domestically and internationally under the trademarks “Pizza Inn” and “Pie Five Pizza Co.” Pizza Inn is an international chain featuring traditional and specialty pizzas, as well as freshly made pastas, sandwiches and desserts. Pie Five Pizza is the leading brand in the rapidly growing fast-casual pizza space, offering individual handcrafted pizzas with fresh ingredients made to order and prepared in less than five minutes.  The Company’s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol “PZZI.”  For more information, please visit