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How Blaze Ignited a Pizza Revolution

A BONA FIDE BRAND - Blaze’s success has so far been unprecedented. Its 200 locations in its first five years earned it the designation from Technomic as the “fastest-growing restaurant chain ever.” Its 300th store opened in Miami in November, and the company says it will open a new restaurant every five or six days this year, with the 500th location probably arriving by 2021.

The lunch rush should be over at the contemporary fast casual on Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California, and yet the place is buzzing. A queue of customers slowly marches its way down a make line while employees flutter around to the...

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Blaze Pizza tops this year’s Fast & Serious list, our annual ranking of the 40 smartest-growing

The 300-location mark is a pretty big deal in franchising; it’s a milestone that few concepts ever reach. Just 108 franchised brands have grown beyond the 300 mark. It was a nice milestone at Blaze, but when the company ticked over 300 in...

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Marshall Retail Group opens speciality stores at New York LaGuardia and Los Angeles airports

Marshall Retail Group (MRG), the largest independent speciality retailer in the US airport, casino and resort market, has opened new stores at New York LaGuardia Airport’s new Terminal B, and at Los Angeles International Airport Terminal 1.

Read the full announcement:  Marshall Retail Group opens speciality stores at New York LaGuardia and Los Angeles...

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Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza Turns Six and Opens 300th Restaurant

Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza, the recognized world leader in fast artisanal pizza, today announced that it has opened its 300th restaurant -- just two months after celebrating its sixth birthday.  Founded with two locations in 2012, Blaze Pizza has built momentum and developed a cult following as it has expanded from its California base into 42 states and five countries.  In recognition of its rapid growth and popularity, the brand was recently ranked the pizza category’s “Brand of the Year” in an important consumer-based brand equity study and named “the fastest growing restaurant chain ever” by Forbes Magazine.  In the coming year, the company is planning to open on average one new restaurant every five to six days – with its milestone 500th location projected to open by 2021.

To support its growth, the build-your-own pizza chain known for its chef-driven recipes and fun, modern restaurants also announced that it will be adding 30 new franchise partners to its current group of 55 multi-unit franchise developers. ...

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LeBron James on Blaze Pizza and how it’s the key to understanding his own brand strategy

Back in the old days, most pro athletes would sign almost any and every endorsement deal available. Hold the product, smile, cash the check. Those days weren’t all that long ago (and still not completely gone), but LeBron James says his...

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