Buffalo Wild Wings-backed fast-casual pizza leader, PizzaRev, announced today that it has signed a franchise agreement with Grupo Galería to bring PizzaRev to Mexico. The agreement calls for 20 PizzaRev restaurants to be developed throughout Mexico City and the states of Mexico, Nuevo León and Coahuila.
Grupo Galería currently owns and operates an expansive restaurant portfolio throughout Mexico, including a food distribution center and 42 Carl’s Jr., four Buffalo Wild Wings and five IHOP restaurants. The group is the largest Carl’s Jr. franchisee in Mexico and opened the first international Buffalo Wild Wings outside of Canada. Grupo Galería also operates a real estate division and several dealerships, including Isuzu trucks, Nissan forklifts and Subaru cars.
“We’re committed to delivering quality dining experiences, continuing innovation and developing new career opportunities in the communities we serve,” said CEO of Grupo Galería, Antonio Barceló. “The addition of PizzaRev to our portfolio furthers our mission of being the best restaurant group in Mexico. We’re eager to bring the PizzaRev-olution to our country.”
The fast-casual pizza model is new to Mexico and Barceló believes that faster, more healthful pizza will resonate with both lunch and dinner customer segments, just as it has in the United States.
“Antonio and his team have built a world class restaurant organization,” said Rodney Eckerman, co-founder and CEO of PizzaRev. “Their commitment to quality food and service is evident in the success of their restaurant operations; we are confident that they are the best partners to bring the PizzaRev brand to Mexico.”
PizzaRev continues to expand nationally with support from partner Buffalo Wild Wings Inc., who in 2013 announced an equity-investment in PizzaRev and announced an increase in their stake in 2014. The brand has earned a loyal following among Southern California fans that continues to spread across the country as the company enters new markets. Named one of the “10 Brands to Watch” by CNBC and #16 in the Fast Casual “Top 100 Movers and Shakers,” PizzaRev has captured the attention and affection of investors and consumers alike. The company continues to seek out franchise partners in the U.S. and abroad who share the founders’ food-forward mission and commitment to giving back to the communities it serves.
PizzaRev is an award winning fast-casual pizza concept that has reinvented the way America eats its favorite food. Guests are empowered to fully customize a personal-sized 11″ pizza for one price. Homemade dough options, flavorful sauces, all-natural cheeses, and more than 30+ artisanal toppings, everything is on display at PizzaRev and assembled right before your eyes. The pizzas are then fired in a 900-degree, stone-hearth oven which produces a thin and crispy Roman-style pizza in just three minutes. Los Angeles-based PizzaRev was founded in 2012; the executive team possesses a combination of Fortune 500 operating experience and high-profile restaurant management.
PizzaRev is currently franchising and announced a strategic partnership with Buffalo Wild Wings in 2013. The company currently has 18 corporate restaurants and 10 franchise locations in operation, with additional franchises under development across Mexico, Washington, D.C. and 12 states: CA, CO, MA, MN, MO, ND, NV, NY, OH, SD, TX and UT.