What's In Store

St. Louis pizza chain wants to expand into Charlotte area

Crushed Red interior.
Crushed Red interior. Compliments of Crushed Red

A St. Louis-based artisan pizza chain wants to open six restaurants in the Charlotte area in the next year.

Crushed Red, a fast-casual concept dubbed an “Urban Bake & Chop Shop” that specializes in fresh-made pizzas and salads, is looking for qualified local franchisees “with a proven track record in successful restaurant operations.”

Each Charlotte-area location will create about 35 jobs, the company said.

“With North Carolina’s growing economy, the state offers ... access to promising locations with the backing of an established brand that is committed to supporting our franchisees in every step of the way,” Crushed Red founder Chris LaRocca said in a statement.

Franchise prospects should have a minimum of $1 million net worth per location and $200,000 in liquid assets, the company said. Interested franchisees can find out more on the Crushed Red website.

The company is also looking to expand into the Raleigh, Durham and Greensboro markets.

Crushed Red, founded in 2012, currently operates four locations in St. Louis, and another six are underway in Colorado.

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