Dallas-based Pizza Inn, with more than 110 restaurants in the United States and 19 in international markets, announced a major franchise agreement with Blessings Basket Company for Serving Food to substantially expand its footprint in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The 50-unit deal is kicking off with the opening of the first two locations this month.

The brand believes this expansion marks a significant milestone in Pizza Inn’s international growth strategy and supports its “commitment to bringing a unique blend of flavor, convenience and value to pizza lovers across the globe.”

“We are excited to announce our partnership with Pizza Inn for Saudi Arabia and have full confidence that together we will further establish the brand as a household name across the kingdom,” adds Mohammed Al-Rubayan, CEO of Blessings Basket Company. “The team at Pizza Inn have been incredible partners throughout this process, and our shared commitment to excellence, passion for authentic pizza and dedication to creating memorable moments for our customers make this collaboration special.”

Related: Did Pizza Hut steal the recipe for stuffed crust pizza?

Following its first two openings, Blessing Basket Company plans to debut five additional locations each year for the next decade in cities across Saudi Arabia. The restaurants will offer Pizza Inn’s signature menu of pizzas, pasta dishes, wings and famous Pizzerts.

“Partnering with Blessings Basket Company to bring Pizza Inn to an even larger audience in Saudi Arabia is a great honor,” says Brandon Solano, CEO of RAVE Restaurant Group, which owns Pizza Inn. “We are confident Blessings Basket Company will bring our brand to life as we bolster our presence in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and introduce Pizza Inn to new markets—serving up our something-for-everyone menu with the level of quality that has made us America’s Hometown Pizza Buffet and a family favorite for more than 65 years.”

Since 1958, Pizza Inn’s pizza buffet and friendly service have contributed to its branding as “America’s Hometown Pizza Buffet.” Pizza Inn’s vision of blending fresh ingredients with a small-town vibe remains at the forefront for its locations, which feature signature pan pizzas, chocolate chip Pizzerts, pasta dishes, salads and other creations to satisfy customers’ cravings. The brand also continues to introduce new menu innovations, including the popular NYXL Pizza.

Headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the Blessings Basket Company for Serving Food was established by a team of entrepreneurs from The Najahat Group, which has grown steadily over the years. Led by CEO Mohammed Al-Rubayan and CFO Hassan Othman, Blessings Basket Company is focused on “excellence and continuing a track record of success” while building its footprint in Saudi Arabia.


Pizza News