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CPK to open Edmonton, Alberta restaurant at Currents of Windermere

Casual-dining chain to penetrate Ontario, British Columbia markets, also

California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) will expand to Edmonton, Alberta in Canada through a partnership with Naheed and Samira Shariff. The Los Angeles-based pizza chain broke ground on a CPK at the Currents of Windermere shopping center. The unit spans 4,500 square feet inside and offers guests a 1,800 square-foot, enclosed, heated patio.

The new restaurant, located in the capital city of Alberta, will be operated by Naheed, who has 25 years of restaurant franchising industry know-how. He will be joined by his mother and restaurateur, Samira, who has 40 years of restaurant industry experience. The Shariffs have operated and grown other franchise brands previously.

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“Expanding our franchise operations now beyond the US is a top priority for CPK and affirms our broader strategy for long term growth in our international markets,” said Giorgio Minardi, executive vice president of Global Development & Franchise Operations at CPK. “Since announcing the partnership in 2020, our excitement continues to grow for the Alberta market and we have every confidence in Naheed and Samira to deliver an excellent guest experience beginning with Edmonton. While Alberta will be the first province to see the CPK brand open a restaurant, we look forward to selecting the right franchisees to bring our ‘California Creativity’ to other provinces in Canada.”

The upcoming opening of the Currents of Windermere CPK will mark a milestone as the brand’s Canadian debut. California Pizza Kitchen plans to open additional restaurants in Canada in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Toronto, Ontario.

“Beyond welcoming new guests, we’re eager to partner with this iconic global brand to help support the local economy by creating more than 100 stable jobs for those in the food and beverage industry,” added the younger Shariff.

The Edmonton agreement follows a development deal for Hong Kong with Chun Fat Enterprise Limited.

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CPK, Currents Drive Northwest, Edmonton, AB T6W 0L9, Canada

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