|By Marketwire .||
|October 19, 2012 05:00 PM EDT||
PITTSBURGH, PA -- (Marketwire) -- 10/19/12 -- Unique Pizza and Subs Corporation (PINKSHEETS: UPZS) today reported that Entrepreneur Magazine has named Pizza Fusion a franchise industry "game-changer" in its September edition. The Company announced on August 29 it had signed a Definitive Agreement to acquire privately held Pizza Fusion Holdings, with closing expected in the fourth quarter.
Entrepreneur Magazine, the #1-selling business magazine on newsstands, with 3.4 million readers per month and six million unique visitors to its website monthly, stated, "Franchising is all about the status quo and repeatability -- making incremental changes that can be replicated across hundreds of units. But more often than you'd think, something new bubbles up from the franchise world. New concepts, new ways of doing business and new technologies create the little ripples that have transformed franchising many times over the last few decades."
The magazine notes that it's hard to predict the next big winner, but they think Pizza Fusion stands a chance, writing, "Not only does Pizza Fusion use all organic and natural products, its buildings are built to LEED standards (four are certified), many of its delivery drivers use hybrid cars and each restaurant buys enough renewable energy credits to offset the power used in a year. It's something you might expect at a local-focused mom-and-pop sandwich shop, but it's a pretty ambitious agenda for a 21-unit franchise." The magazine also notes that the company consistently wins "best of" awards in almost every city where it opens.
Pizza Fusion Co-founder and CEO Vaughan Lazar, said, "We appreciate the recognition and vote of confidence from a well-respected publication such as Entrepreneur Magazine and will continue our efforts to innovate and expand, offering new opportunities for franchise operators and investors, as well as a new healthy casual dining choice for consumers."
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The article goes on to say, Lazar thinks Fusion's pie can go head-to-head with that of any chain and win over the average pizza consumer. "Instead of that core of eco-minded people, we're going after everybody. What they're going to find is delicious organic pepperoni pizza and sandwich wraps, nothing foreign to them," he says. "I think we're going to approach this much like Chipotle, which switched to natural chicken a few years ago. It's not something we're going to slide under the rug -- this is the DNA of the company and how we live our lives. The messaging will still be there, but it will be very food-forward."
James Vowler, Unique Pizza and Subs President & CEO, said, "Entrepreneur Magazine 'gets it', just like all of Fusion's dedicated customers, successful Franchisees and the staff & shareholders of UPZS! Most people want to eat healthier and if they can help save the Planet at the same time, that's a big bonus. Pizza Fusion does just that with their great tasting organic, eco friendly menu choices. Entrepreneur Magazine joins a long list of highly regarded publications to recognize the positive social impact Pizza Fusion is having on the Pizza Industry and the planet."
About Pizza Fusion
Founded in 2007, Boca Raton, FL-based Pizza Fusion is an all-natural pizza restaurant chain offering fresh, natural, and healthier foods at its eco-friendly locations worldwide. With its natural, 75 percent organic menu and eco-friendly franchise concept -- it was named the number 19 pizza brand nationally out of 250 brands short listed for consideration.
The restaurant maintains high standards for eco-friendly operations and procedures, building its locations according to LEED certification standards. The restaurant serves up a three-course menu for lunch and dinner, featuring a delicious assortment of fresh salads, appetizers, artisan pizzas, sandwiches, and desserts. For more information on Pizza Fusion or to view its menu, visit www.pizzafusion.com; follow Pizza Fusion on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pizzafusion and Twitter @PizzaFusion.
About Unique Pizza and Subs
Unique Pizza and Subs Corporation engages in franchising, conversions, and ownership and operation of pizza and sub shops. Its highly cost effective franchise business model enables the prolific roll up and rebranding of existing "mom & pop" pizza restaurants under the Unique Pizza and Subs brand. In August 2012, the Company announced signing a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Pizza Fusion Holdings, the #1 green franchise in North America.
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