What's In Store

Michigan pizza chain to expand Charlotte-area footprint

Exterior of a Hungry Howie’s
Exterior of a Hungry Howie’s Courtesy of Hungry Howie’s

A Michigan-based pizza chain called Hungry Howie’s will soon expand its presence in the Charlotte region.

Local franchisee Eric Fairbanks has signed a deal to open five stores in Mecklenburg, Gaston and Iredell counties, according to a statement from the chain.

Fairbanks, who opened his first Hungry Howie’s location in Charlotte in 2005, operates 11 other stores and plans to have 17 by 2018.

Fairbanks is still researching potential sites for the new pizzerias, the company said, so opening dates were not immediately available.

Hungry Howie’s is known for its flavored-crust pizza, and also offers calzone-style submarine sandwiches and salads. The chain opened its 18th area location in September 2015 in Cornelius.

Fast-casual pizza chains have been popping up all over Charlotte recently. To name a few: Toppers Pizza late last year opened two new area locations – in Fort Mill and Ballantyne, Uncle Maddio’s opened last year in Midtown, Pieology opens soon in the Epicentre, and Blaze Pizza, which opened last year in South End, will soon open its second area location in University City.