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Kono Pizza cuts deal with Walmart



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A 10-unit deal in Texas with franchisee Sadashiva Pai will include a Kona Pizza store in a Walmart.

Kono Pizza, the innovative pizza-in-a-cone brand started in 2013, is planning its first store location within a Walmart, as well as an aggressive 10-store expansion deal in the Dallas area. The fast-growing New Jersey-based pizza franchise recently signed a deal to open 10 new locations in the greater Dallas area, as well as signing a lease for the brand’s first Walmart store location in Lancaster, South Carolina, which will be open by the holidays. Given Walmart’s ubiquity and high traffic, this looks like a shrewd move for these purveyors of conical pizza. The 10-unit deal in Texas was signed with franchisee Sadashiva Pai and will include a variety of formats including potential mall kiosks, event carts, in-line and storefront locations. His first location is scheduled to open in the beginning of 2016 inside a Walmart in the Dallas market. In addition, a new Kono Pizza kiosk unit opened in the Cherry Hill Mall in New Jersey, right before Black Friday. It is the second of five locations in the Philadelphia and South Jersey area owned by multi-unit franchisee Eric Ciancaglini. His first unit, a mobile event cart in Philadelphia, opened earlier last year and kept him busy with events.

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