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Growing CiCi's Pizza bolsters development team with new Sr. Manager of Real Estate

(Press Release) Coppell, Texas, October 22, 2013 — CiCi's Pizza, best known for its endless pizza, pasta, salad and dessert buffet, named Richard Hoying today as its new sr. manager of real estate. Hoying, a veteran real estate and franchise executive with more than 25 years of experience, will support CiCi’s strategic growth strategy through real estate development in domestic and international markets as well as in nontraditional venues.  Among additional responsibilities, Hoying will also leverage broker relations to support corporate and franchise growth and will lead franchisees through the real estate development process.

Hoying joins CiCi’s at a pivotal time as the approximately 500-unit concept is expected to grow in new and underserved markets in the coming years.  Hoying will support this national growth strategy for corporate and franchise development.

With the hiring, Hoying becomes an integral part of an experienced franchise development team that focuses on new and existing franchise growth, market planning, construction and real estate support.

An industry veteran who’s worked with such brands as Red Mango, Papa John’s and Pizza Hut, Hoying has spent nearly his entire career in all aspects of real estate development. “Richard comes to us at a time when CiCi’s is positioned for strategic and tactical growth, and with his help, he will strengthen our system through in-depth real estate analysis and unparalleled venue and lease negotiation support,” said Thomas McCord, VP of Real Estate and Franchising.

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 and existing franchisees designed to maximize profits for the owner and provide for convenient brand availability for CiCi’s guests. Restaurant design options include the traditional buffet model, To Go units and a new 2,500 SF prototype currently under test.

About CiCi’s Pizza

Coppell, 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 real estate submittals, contact Rick Hoying at rhoying(at)cicispizza(dot)com, 972-745-9330.

For franchising information, contact Michael Iglesias at miglesias(at)cicispizza(dot)com, 972-745-9313.