California Pizza Kitchen to Launch New Franchise Unit in India

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Pizza-maker California Pizza Kitchen has announced the opening of a new franchise location in India. The opening of this new location is a significant step forward for the CPK brand, which now has nearly 50 locations worldwide. As a result of this new location, California Pizza Kitchen has re-entered the Indian market and increased its global footprint.

Indian restaurant group JSM Corporation Pvt. Ltd., co-founded by Sanjay Mahtani, will operate the newest CPK location, the first of its kind in India. Convenience store CPK has opened a new store at Seawoods Grand Central Mall in the city of Nerul in the Indian state of Maharashtra.

VP for Global and Franchise Operations, Giorgio Minardi, said that the opening of California Pizza Kitchen in India further propels its California-forward casual dining concept and allows more customers worldwide to taste California. He says that he believes the brand has the strength to keep growing and is certain that this new location will contribute to that success.

The opening of the India franchise strengthens CPK’s commitment to global expansion and scalability. Additionally, new international deals include locations in Chile, Costa Rica and Alberta, Canada, and other countries. In December of 2021, California Pizza Kitchen launched a domestic franchise programme in the United States, helping to expand CPK’s franchise programme and reach new markets domestically.

Sanjay Mahtani, owner and operator of India’s California Pizza Kitchen, said its strong business model and international recognition made it a natural fit for his team. He’s excited about bringing a taste of California to customers on the other side of the globe.

California Pizza Kitchen is looking for multi-unit franchisees with relevant experience and qualifications in markets all over the United States. There is a minimum net worth requirement of $5 million, a minimum cash flow requirement of $2 million, and a five-year commitment to open three to five restaurants. Visit for more information on California Pizza Kitchen’s franchise development opportunities and available markets.

This innovative California-style pizza was introduced to diners in Beverly Hills by California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) in 1985. At CPK, we’re all about combining fresh, seasonal ingredients with flavor inspirations worldwide in our nearly 200 restaurants in eight countries and territories. In addition to its signature, hand-tossed pizzas and high-quality main plates, CPK also offers inventive, better-for-you menu items such as Lunch Duos, premium wines, and handcrafted beverages.

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