Growing CiCi’s Pizza bolsters development team with new senior manager of real estate

Coppell, Texas – CiCi’s Pizza, best known for its endless pizza, pasta, salad and dessert buffet, has named Richard Hoying as its new senior manager of real estate. Hoying, a veteran real estate and franchise executive with more than 25 years of experience, will support CiCi’s strategic growth strategy through real estate development in domestic and international markets as well as in nontraditional venues. Among additional responsibilities, Hoying will also leverage broker relations to support corporate and franchise growth and will lead franchisees through the real estate development process.

Hoying joins CiCi’s at a pivotal time as the approximately 500-unit concept is expected to grow in new and underserved markets in the coming years. Hoying will support this national growth strategy for corporate and franchise development.

With the hiring, Hoying becomes an integral part of an experienced franchise development team that focuses on new and existing franchise growth, market planning, construction and real estate support.

An industry veteran who’s worked with such brands as Red Mango, Papa John’s and Pizza Hut, Hoying has spent nearly his entire career in all aspects of real estate development. “Richard comes to us at a time when CiCi’s is positioned for strategic and tactical growth, and with his help, he will strengthen our system through in-depth real estate analysis and unparalleled venue and lease negotiation support,” said Thomas McCord, VP of real estate and franchising.

About CiCi’s Pizza
Coppell, Texas-based CiCi’s Pizza opened its first restaurant in Plano, Texas, in 1985 and now has approximately 500 restaurants in 34 states. The family-oriented restaurant, known for its endless pizza, pasta, salad, soup and dessert buffet, was named America’s favorite pizza chain in the 2012 Market Force survey and has been listed by Zagat and Parents magazine as a top family-friendly restaurant. Also in 2012, CiCi’s fully redesigned web site was honored as an outstanding website by WebAwards, CiCi’s was recognized by G.I. Jobs as a Military Friendly Franchise, and Entrepreneur named CiCi’s to its Franchise 500 list. For more information about CiCi’s, visit www.cicispizza.com or www.facebook.com/cicis.