US-based chain Little Caesars Pizza is set to open its first restaurant in the Philippines in 2019.

The outlet is being opened by franchisee Palmtree ph Foods Corp, which is owned by James Kodrowski, who also manages a group of companies operating in the region.

Little Caesars Pizza currently has operations in 23 countries and territories. With the opening of this outlet, it is continuing with the expansion of its overseas footprint in Southeast Asia.

The first restaurant to open in the Philippines will be located at the Metrosquare Building in Manila.

“We’re excited to bring Little Caesars to the Philippines as we believe the country is a perfect fit for our international expansion.”

It will offer a large Little Caesars HOT-N-READY classic pepperoni or cheese pizza, as well as several other offerings.

The global pizza chain will also open its first location in the Republic of Singapore in early 2019.

Little Caesars Pizza senior vice president of International Paula Vissing said: “We’re excited to bring Little Caesars to the Philippines as we believe the country is a perfect fit for our international expansion due to its strong affinity for both pizza and value.

“James Kodrowski is an experienced restaurant partner with strong market connections and the insight needed to bring our unique pizza offering to our Philippine guests who love freshness, quality, and taste.”

Kodrowski said: “Little Caesars Pizza is exactly what this market needs. We believe that the HOT-N-READY concept will have undeniable market appeal, as well as our commitment to excellent guest service, and superior value. It is our ambition to make Little Caesars the new favourite pizza of the Philippines.”

The chain is also planning to expand across the South East Asian region through a franchise model and is accepting inquiries from interested entrepreneurs.