Blaze Pizza inks deal for Bahrain

Blaze Pizza is firing up its international expansion in Bahrain. The deal with NAD Holdings is a multi-unit deal that will acquire two existing Blaze Pizzas and will build two locations, according to a press release.

“Over the years, Blaze Pizza has positioned itself as a leader in the fast casual segment and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to build upon the momentum the brand has established in the U.S. now in our home country of Bahrain,” Nabeel Dabwan, president and principal owner of NAD Tradings, said in the press release. “As a country that places an emphasis on savory cuisines and dishes, I’m confident the Bahraini people will be excited to have a new, fast-casual dining option that delivers an unmatched dining experience and delicious pizza with fully customizable options to fit their dietary and personal preferences.”

Blaze Pizza’s expansion in Bahrain is part of the company’s commitment to fuel its development efforts outside the U.S. following the appointment of its CEO, Beto Guajardo, earlier this year. Guajardo brings more than 20 years of experience in franchise development after previously overseeing the international business at Focus Brands, where he successfully led the expansion of the company’s global footprint.

“We believe that Blaze Pizza has the potential to be a truly global brand, and we are excited to work with international franchise partners, like Nabeel and his team, who share our vision for growth and success,” Guajardo said in the press release. “Bahrain is a vibrant market with tremendous potential. With the exceptional experience Nabeel has in restaurant franchising and our understanding of consumer preferences, I have no doubt we will see tremendous results. We look forward to supporting this expansion and Nabeel’s growth with Blaze Pizza in Bahrain.”

Blaze Pizza currently operates 330 locations across states and 6 countries.

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