Shahpour Nejad is the founder and CEO of Pizza Guys, a rapidly growing pizza chain with 70 locations throughout California, Nevada, and Oregon. He started his pizza journey in Cleveland, OH back in 1979 where he worked at a pizza restaurant while attending college. He worked his way up and became a partner at multiple pizza restaurants. When he moved to California in 1984, he brought his knowledge of traditional east coast pizza, modified it to California’s taste buds, and co-founded Pizza Guys.
[0:59] Josh introduces today’s guest, Shahpour Nejad, the Founder and CEO of Pizza Guys.
[2:30] Josh welcomes Shahpour to Franchise Euphoria.
[3:02] Shahpour shares the story of how he started studying mechanical engineering in college and ended up creating a pizza franchise instead.
[6:20] Currently, there are about 70 Pizza Guys locations, all on the west coast.
[9:59] Shahpour gives a visual on what visiting a Pizza Guys location is like.
[13:51] Shahpour’s advice to anyone thinking about franchising a business is to make sure you choose the right franchisees.
[16:59] Josh and Shahpour share their opinions on third party delivery services and discuss how they tie into the Pizza Guys business model.
[21:17] Shahpour explains what the impact of COVID-19 has been for Pizza Guys.
[25:48] Pizza Guys is currently looking to expand into neighboring states.
[30:13] If you want to learn more about Pizza Guys, visit their website listed below.
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