Domino’s plans to open more than 800 pizzerias in Italy

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American pizza giant Domino’s has announced that it plans to open at least 880 outlets across Italy in the next decade.

The hundreds of new Italian Domino’s outlets are planned by 2030, to join the 16,000 stores open in 85 countries, according to Alessandro Lazzaroni, CEO of Domino’s in Italy.

He told Italian financial newspaper that the new stores will focus mainly on the north and centre of Italy, only as far south as Rome.

This is partly because the factory that produces their dough is located in Buccinasco, near Milan, but the south is also thought to be a more difficult market.

Their franchising plan includes opening 14 pizzerias in Milan, three in Brescia and two each in Bergamo and Monza. Outlets are also in the works for Varese, Como, Lecco, Cremona, Mantua, Lodi and Pavia.

The first of the new openings are planned for Milan in 2020.

The global pizza chain, which began life in the US in the 1960s, opened its first Italian branch in 2015 and now has some 28 locations in Italy, mainly in and around Rome, Milan, and Turin.

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