CiCi's Pizza Partners With Newmark Grubb Knight Frank to Expedite Franchise Development

CiCi's Pizza Partners With Newmark Grubb Knight Frank to Expedite Franchise

DALLAS, Nov. 4, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CiCi's Pizza, the iconic nearly
500-unit national pizza buffet concept, has recently announced a partnership
with Newmark Grubb Knight Frank (NGKF), one of the world's leading commercial
real estate advisory firms, to help achieve the brand's strategic development
goals in the Northeast. The addition of NGKF brings a unique and highly
attractive business opportunity for potential CiCi's Pizza franchise owners.

Coppell, Texas-based CiCi's Pizza has a presence in 34 states and is best
known for its family-friendly atmosphere, endless variety of pizzas on its
custom buffet and freshly-made dough at an affordable price. Through extensive
research, CiCi's Pizza has already identified specific markets for expansion
within the Northeast including Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Md., Buffalo,
N.Y., Philadelphia, Pa. and northern New Jersey. The new relationship with
NGKF will help expedite the franchise's growth.

"Joining forces with one of the most respected and talented broker firms gives
us the resources to reach our expansion goals," said Thomas McCord, vice
president of real estate and franchise development. "We will be able to give
our franchisees and prospects an experienced broker network that will assist
in their success. We're looking forward to working with a partner who sees the
big picture, who understands our customer and has the resources, knowledge and
tools to support CiCi's in achieving our strategic development objectives."

To successfully and efficiently grow the brand, NGKF will leverage its broad
network of relationships to promote the expansion of CiCi's Pizza into new and
existing markets. NGKF's on-the-ground expertise and knowledge of the local
market will enhance CiCi's Pizza's own advanced technology and extensive site
model research. Experienced advisors at NGKF will work with CiCi's Pizza
franchisees directly to assist in site selection, site renewals, lease
negotiations and can refer construction and finance specialists.

"We are excited about the opportunity to partner with CiCi's Pizza on a
regional level to help them achieve their growth initiatives. CiCi's Pizza is
a strong brand in the franchising world and one that has the legs to expand
exponentially in the Northeast," said Jennifer Watson, senior managing
director at NGKF. "By partnering with NGKF, CiCi's Pizza will benefit from our
extensive real estate experience to ensure that they meet their long-term
development goals."

This partnership is part of a much larger company mission to strategically
grow the brand in the coming years. To help augment brand expansion in new and
mature markets, CiCi's Pizza has developed several financing and incentive
programs, including its Investment Partnership Program designed to assist
existing and prospective franchisees with creative financing options. During
2014, the company will also explore growth potential internationally in
Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico, as well as in nontraditional venues such as
airports, casinos, military bases and universities.

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 endlesspizza, pasta, salad, soup
and dessert buffet, was named America's favorite pizza chain in the 2012
Market Force survey and has been listed byZagatand Parents magazine as a top
family-friendly restaurant. Also in 2012, CiCi's fully redesigned website was
honored as an outstanding website by WebAwards, CiCi's was recognized byG.I.
Jobs as a Military Friendly Franchise^®, and Entrepreneur named CiCi's to its
Franchise 500 list.Formore information about CiCi's, visit or

For franchising information, contact Michael Iglesias at, 972-745-9313.

About Newmark Grubb Knight Frank

Newmark Grubb Knight Frank (NGKF) is one of the world's leading commercial
real estate advisory firms. Together with its affiliates and London-based
partner Knight Frank, NGKF employs more than 11,000 professionals, operating
from more than 340 offices in established and emerging property markets on
five continents.

With roots dating back to 1929, NGKF's strong foundation makes it one of the
most trusted names in commercial real estate. Its integrated services platform
includes leasing advisory, global corporate services, investment sales and
capital markets, consulting, program and project management, property and
facilities management, and valuation services. A major force in the real
estate marketplace, NGKF serves the local and global property requirements of
tenants, landlords, investors and developers worldwide. For further
information, visit

NGKF is a part of BGC Partners, Inc. (Nasdaq:BGCP), a leading global brokerage
company primarily servicing the wholesale financial and real estate markets.
For further information, visit

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