Grimaldi’s Pizzeria Announces International Development Agreement for Expansion into United Arab Emirates

United States-based pizzeria to open five locations in UAE over the
next five years; actively pursuing key international markets across the
globe for franchise opportunities

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#franchiseoppsGrimaldi’s
announced today, the company plans to expand
internationally by opening five of its world-famous, coal-fired,
brick-oven pizzerias in the United Arab Emirates over the next five
years. Partnering with Tablez Food Company to ensure a seamless
expansion, this international franchise agreement represents Grimaldi’s
first brand expansion
beyond North America

Food Company
, an entity specializing in the development of
unique food and beverage concepts, was the premiere partner of choice
for Grimaldi’s due to its vast experience in international expansion
efforts in the region with other notable franchise ventures. Grimaldi’s
Pizzeria, one of the most awarded pizzerias in the United States and the
only upscale pizzeria to be bestowed the coveted Five Star Diamond
Award, represents the first and only pizza concept in Tablez’s renowned

“Since its inception, Grimaldi’s has been singularly focused on serving
exemplary food to its guests. That is why we recognized this
international franchise opportunity as being an ideal partnership,”
explained Grimaldi’s Pizzeria CEO Joseph Ciolli. “Not only will we be
able to treat new UAE customers to a truly uncompromised, coal-fired New
York pizza experience, but also benefit from the reassurance that comes
from working with Tablez, far and away the UAE’s finest food and
beverage group.”

“Our vision of becoming the UAE’s leading player in the food & beverage
retail sector is clearly furthered by this partnership,” said Tablez
Food Company CEO Shafeena Yusuff Ali. “By bringing a world-class brand
like Grimaldi’s Pizzeria to the region, our customers will enjoy a truly
unique offering of great tasting coal-fired pizza, made with the
freshest, high-quality ingredients. Grimaldi’s brings a long-standing
reputation for excellence – and it is that consistency of product and
passion that makes it the ideal brand to introduce to UAE.”

Beyond the Middle East, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria has engaged other investment
groups in key growth markets around the globe in an effort to secure
multi-unit franchise partners to introduce and develop the brand in
regions including Southeast Asia, South America, Central America,
Europe, Mexico, Canada and Australia.

For more information on Grimaldi’s Pizzeria’s international expansion
efforts, visit:

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Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, visit:

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About Grimaldi’s Pizzeria

Founded in Brooklyn, New York, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria has been consistently
chosen as America’s undisputed favorite coal-fired pizza offering. From
its 1200-degree coal-fired ovens that deliver impeccable pies and
calzones, topped or filled with the freshest ingredients, Grimaldi’s has
seen its enthusiastic customers support drive expansion to 50
company-owned restaurants across the United States. The brand’s
signature coal-burning ovens produce a unique flavor and crust crispness
that is just not possible from gas, convection, or wood burning methods.
Grimaldi’s contends that their ongoing brand success correlates directly
with three simple principles – People, Product and Service. For more
information, please visit

About Tablez

Tablez Food Company is the F&B arm of the prestigious Lulu International
Group LLC; a highly diversified group headlined by the retail division
with presence in Imports & Exports, Trading, Shipping, IT, Travel &
Tourism, Hotels, Mall Development, Hyper Markets and Education in
addition to F&B in the present day.

Established in 2010, Tablez Food Company specializes in unique home
grown, international and local cuisines as well as partnering with
leading franchising concepts with renowned success and exceptional food
quality. The company dedicates itself to creativity and innovation by
bringing new concepts that offer truly inspiring dining experiences to
their guests. Currently, Tablez operates 35 outlets in the region with
concepts including Peppermill, Bloomsbury’s, London Dairy, Famous Dave’s
BBQ, Cold Stone Creamery®, Sugar Factory, Galito’s and Genghis
Grill. Tablez will continue to see a series of new food concept launches
over the next two years. For more information, visit


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