California Pizza Kitchen to Open 18 New Stores Next Year

According to a report from the Associated Press, “Restaurant chain California Pizza Kitchen said it boosted third-quarter profit by nearly 17 percent by cutting costs and expects 18 new stores to open next year.”

“The Los Angeles-based company on Thursday reported net income of $5.8 million, or 24 cents a share, for the three months that ended Sept. 27. Quarterly revenue dipped 5 percent to $164.8 million, but the company trimmed costs to $156.9 million from $166.5 million. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters expected profit of 24 cents per share on sales of $164.8 million. The company said it expects fourth-quarter income between 16 and 18 cents a share with sales falling between 5.5 and 6.5 percent. California Pizza Kitchen said it launched several revenue and traffic building initiatives in the current period in addition to a new menu introduction. They include a take-out call center, catering program and an expanded wine program. Analysts have predicted earnings of 20 cents per share and sales of $171.2 million.”