American pizza chain Little Caesars has signed several new multi-unit development agreements to boost its presence in the US.

These agreements will see the opening of more than 30 new restaurants in key markets, including San Diego, California; Memphis, Tennessee; Tampa, Florida; and Raleigh, North Carolina.

The move is part of the brand’s strategy to grow its presence with the help of operating partners.

Franchise owner Leo Gonzalez is leading the expansion efforts in southern California,

With a track record of operating multiple Little Caesars restaurants in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, Gonzalez has committed to opening nine new locations in San Diego up to 2027.

Jocelyn Monperousse and Lissette Isabel, co-owners of RJBL Pizza, will open the first traditional Little Caesars restaurant in Bradenton, Florida.

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Their five-unit franchise agreement is part of a broader plan to develop the Tampa market through 2027.

Little Caesars US development vice-president Patrick Cunningham said: “The growth and momentum we’ve built in the first three months of 2024 underscores the strength and viability of Little Caesars. With a business model that’s built for our franchise owners, we’ve successfully garnered the attention of many experienced multi-unit operators.

“Our development pipeline is strong and as we look ahead into the year, we remain committed to building on this momentum, seeking opportunities to expand our presence while meeting the evolving demands of our guests through technology and innovation.”

Little Caesars is also launching a brand-new restaurant prototype, Little Caesars’ PODs.

The PODs are designed off-site, allowing for a faster construction timeline compared to conventional restaurants.

The company is seeking multi-unit franchise operators to join its development efforts, particularly in non-traditional venues such as universities, water parks, airports and stadiums.

Opportunities for multi-unit franchising are available across the US, with the Northeast, the Pacific Northwest, Kansas City, New Orleans and the Carolinas highlighted as regions with growth potential.