CiCi's Pizza

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CiCi's Pizza
Private company
Industry Restaurants
Founded Plano, Texas (1985)
Founders Joe Croce
Mike Cole
Headquarters Coppell, Texas
Key people
Darin Harris (CEO)
Products Pizza, salad, pasta
Slogan "Almost too good to be true."

CiCi's Pizza is an American buffet restaurant chain based in Coppell, Texas,[1] specializing in pizza. There are approximately 500 franchised and corporately owned restaurants in 35 states.


A CiCi's Pizza restaurant in Brooklyn, Ohio.

Joe Croce and Mike Cole founded CiCi's in 1985 in Plano, Texas.[2][3]

In 2001, with 363 restaurants at the time, the chain expanded its buffet offerings and began remodeling restaurants.[3] Four years later, CiCi's had more than 500 locations, and was the fastest-growing pizza chain in the United States.[4] In 2003 Croce retired from the business, and passed ownership of the company to the company's executive team. Craig Moore, who was a general manager in Dallas, became vice president of the company, a position he held for five years before he was named president after the sale. Croce gave 20% of his proceeds to Gateway Church, where he was a member.[5] As president of the chain, Moore oversaw the company's operations and franchise growth, eventually announcing his retirement in 2009, after 17 years with the company. Michael Shumsky took over after Moore retired in late 2009 through July of 2013.

Michael Shumsky took over after Moore retired in late 2009 (He had previously served as CEO of La Madeleine Restaurant, Inc.). Darin Harris is the current CEO of CiCi's Pizza after joining the company in August of 2013.

In addition to its current 600 restaurants, in 2010 CiCi's announced plans to add another 500 restaurants in the next 10 years (with the possibility of expanding internationally into Canada and Mexico). CiCi's has won numerous awards and has also been named one of the top 25 performing brands by The Wall Street Journal and a top 200 franchise concept by Franchise Today. The award for worst restaurant ideas has also been awarded to the pizza chain.[citation needed]

Recognition and awards[edit]

CiCi's macaroni and cheese pizza

From 2004 to 2009, CiCi's Pizza has held third place in the pizza category for Restaurants & Institutions‍ '​ "Consumers' Choice in Chains" contest, which is judged based on consumer reviews of the competing restaurant chains.[6] In March 2009 Men's Health gave CiCi's Pizza "top marks" in providing healthy food choices among its list of "66 major chain restaurants".[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Contact Us." CiCi's Pizza. Retrieved February 25, 2010.
  2. ^ Voorhis, Dan (2002-07-06). "Fast Growing Dallas Pizza Chain to Open Store in Wichita, Kan.". The Wichita Eagle. Retrieved 2009-09-20. 
  3. ^ a b Quinn, Steve (2001-10-05). "Locally based pizza chain is pursuing growth Cici's launches a new look and expands its trademark buffet". Dallas News. Retrieved 2009-09-20. 
  4. ^ Shlachter, Barry (2005-07-05). "CiCi's budget buffets propel company to fastest-growing pizza chain.". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Retrieved 2009-09-20. 
  5. ^ CiCi's Pizza founder insisted sale be an inside deal
  6. ^ "Consumers' Choice in Chains Winners, 2004–2009". Restaurants & Institutions. Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. 2009. Archived from the original on 8 December 2009. 
  7. ^ "CiCi's Pizza Scores Top Marks on Men's Health 'Eat This, Not That!' Report Card" (Press release). Coppell, Texas. PRNewswire. 26 March 2009. Archived from the original on 3 May 2009. Retrieved 7 April 2015. 

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