|Fate||Acquired by Papa John's Pizza|
|Founded||Chennai, India (1996)|
Pizza Corner was an international franchise of pizzeria chains that offers a wide range of pizzas, pastas and side dishes from chicken wings to salads. Pizza Corner operated as both standalone restaurants or combined with other Global Franchise Architects brands such as Coffee World or Cream & Fudge. Its service formats include: large dine-in restaurants, delivery outlets, express dine-ins, and express kiosks.
Founded by Fred Mouawad, the first Pizza Corner opened in Chennai, India in 1996. By 2004, Mouawad had bought out the shares held by his equity partners and formed the Global Franchise Architects. It now operates over 100 restaurants and delivery outlets in five countries: Bangladesh, China, India, Myanmar, and Thailand.
As with all GFA brands, Pizza Corner utilizes the services of its partners under the Synergia One Group: Synova Foods, for its product development and production and Itorama which manages GFA’s restaurant designs, advertising and website development.
In 1998, Pizza Corner launched the Food for Good program in association with the Don Bosco Yuva Kendra as part of the initiative to help provide education to 20 deserving street children in Bangalore, India.
Unlike their Indian counterparts, Pizza Corner in Bangladesh serve halal-friendly menu including beef. It operates together with existing Coffee World outlets throughout the capital city Dhaka. Accent Group Ltd was the franchise owner of Pizza Corner in the country. Operations later ceased in the country after Papa John's acquired the company in India.
Pizza Corner's operations in China are concentrated on the tourist-friendly Hainan Island, especially on the capital city Haikou and the seaside district of Sanya. Emperor Food Franchise Concepts Ltd opened the first Pizza Corner outlet on Hainan Island in 2007. (www.emperorfoods.cn)
Started operating in 1996 in Chennai, Pizza Corner's market reach spread to much of southern India and even parts of Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal with over 54 pizzerias and express delivery outlets. In 2001 Pizza Corner expanded to the North, opening ten outlets in Delhi. Beef and pork products are not served due to a significant Hindu and Muslim population in the market. Alternative pizza products were developed that use vegetarian ingredients and pork/beef alternatives like lamb. Pizza Corner India Pvt Ltd is the franchise owner of Pizza Corner in the country.
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