California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) announces plans to expand into Canada.
CPK will open its first restaurant in Edmonton through a partnership with longtime Alberta restaurateur, Samira Shariff—the first of five locations planned in the province over the next eight years. As part of its accelerated global growth focus, CPK intends to open spaces in Vancouver and Toronto as well.
Shariff is a multi-unit owner and operator in Edmonton. In addition, her son Naheed brings more than 25 years of experience in restaurant franchising and will serve as CEO of CPK’s Alberta locations.
“At CPK, we take great pride in sharing our passion for California-style pizza, fresh and creative ingredients, and hospitality with our guests,” said CPK’s CEO, Jim Hyatt. “We’ve had our sights set on expanding in the country for many years now, to bring our company a little closer to our Canadian customers who’ve become regulars at many of our U.S. locations. Now, we’re confident we have the right partner to spearhead our entry into this market.”