LOS ANGELES — California Pizza Kitchen has announced it will be bringing its signature pizzas to Canada for the first time.
The company plans to open its first store in Edmonton in the coming months, with another five locations planned in Alberta over the next eight years. The agreement comes after a partnership with Alberta-based restaurateur Samira Shariff, who brings nearly 40 years of experience in the industry as a multi-franchise owner and operator in Edmonton. His son Naheed Shariff will serve as CEO of California Pizza Kitchen’s Alberta footprint.
“At CPK, we take great pride in sharing our passion for California-style pizza, fresh and creative ingredients and best-in-class hospitality with our guests around the world,” says Jim Hyatt, CEO, CPK. “We’ve had our sights set on expanding into Canada for many years now, to bring CPK a little closer to home for all our Canadian guests who’ve become loyal regulars at so many of our U.S. locations, whether joining us on vacation or business travel. Now, we’re confident we have the right, deeply experienced partner in Samira Shariff to spearhead our entry into the market.”
“On behalf of Samira and our team, we couldn’t be more excited and prouder to be partnering with California Pizza Kitchen as their first franchisee to bring the brand to Canada,” says Naheed.
CPK has also set its sights beyond Alberta’s border and hopes to expand into several Canadian markets, including Vancouver and Toronto. Currently, CPK’s global footprint includes more than 240 locations in 10 countries.