Pizza QSR makes big push with established partners, including GPM Investments
Pizza shop chain Sbarro will expand this year via more than 100 slated openings. The Columbus, Ohio based franchise will leverage key relationships in the United States and United Kingdom.
ARKO Corp’s GPM Investments, EuroGarages, EG America, and Travel Centers of America partnerships will fuel growth. Moving forward, this will allow Sbarro expand into trade channels beyond malls, airports and travel plazas.
David Karam, Sbarro chief executive, noted “Sbarro is not new to convenience— we’ve been serving handmade XL NY slices to customers on-the-go since 1956. Our experience, economical business model, and position as the global QSR leader in the impulse pizza category, make convenience stores and travel centers natural fits for us. We’re excited to partner with such strong organizations in this space.”
Sbarro’s growth this year will focus heavily on opportunities within the convenience channel.
In convenience, ARKO Corp’s GPM Investments will expand its partnership with the QSR by opening 50 new Sbarro locations this year. These will open under several of its community brands. Currently, GPM Investments operates three Sbarro units in Indiana in its Village Pantry stores.
Furthermore, dozens of convenience locations will open in partnership with EuroGarages and EG America in the United States and United Kingdom. As an example, Sbarro units will open within Turkey Hill and KwikShop stores before the end of 2022.
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