California Pizza Kitchen to Open First Location in Canada


COSTA MESA, Calif. — California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) is opening its first location in Edmonton on August 1st, marking the brand’s entry into Canada. The opening is part of the brand’s latest efforts to strategically expand across target markets throughout North America, as new operators join its attractive franchise model.

Fuelling the expansion is CPK Alberta CEO Naheed Shariff, who brings more than 25 years of experience in the restaurant franchising industry, and his mother Samira, CPK Edmonton franchisee with four decades of experience. The new location will offer hand-tossed pizzas, pastas, desserts and an elevated beverage program, including signature Casamigos cocktails. Standout menu items include the Beverly Hills Breakfast Sandwich, Dynamite Shrimp, Shanghai Power Bowl, California Tacos, The Original BBQ Chicken Pizza and more.

Additionally, CPK Edmonton has partnered with the Cross Cancer Institute to help raise funds for residents throughout the province who are battling cancer.

“We were first introduced to California Pizza Kitchen in the mid 1990s and were immediately inspired by its culture and innovation. We’re honoured and excited to bring this iconic, forward-thinking brand to Canada for the first time, while simultaneously attributing to job creation here in Alberta,” says Naheed. “CPK offers a fun, healthy, alternative experience that guests long for, and we’re thrilled to offer Edmonton residents a taste of that. The brand’s innovative, California-freshcuisine combined with the benevolent culture of the people truly solidified the deal.”

“The Shariffs are well-known and highly respected throughout Edmonton, and we are absolutely thrilled to partner with them as they lead California Pizza Kitchen into Canada for the first time,” says Giorgio Minardi, executive vice-president of Global and Franchise Operations. “This milestone for our brand serves as a testament to the innovative business model we’ve created and will further propel our franchise growth efforts on a global scale. We’re proud to welcome such experienced operators like Naheed and Samira and can’t wait to see what the future holds for them as they bring our signature, California-inspired cuisine to the residents of Edmonton.”

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