(Note: This was written before Lebron James made his Decision to go back to Cleveland to play for the Cavs.)
Cleveland basketball fans may now have another reason to feel paranoid today.
That’s because Lebron James is buying a pizza franchise -10 of them, actually…and opening them up in South Florida.
That’s where King James decided to “take his talents” 4 short years ago.
And, now that’s where he’s investing-as part of his business strategy I guess, a teeny-tiny portion of his money.
Blaze Pizza Franchise: Why Is LeBron Opening 10 Locations
Important Update: This is Why
Have you ever heard of the Blaze Pizza Franchise?
I haven’t either.
Until now. Seems like Lebron has a business strategy here. Beyond basketball.
Remember: Lebron wants to be a billionaire. Basketball isn’t going to get him there.
From the Blaze Pizza Franchise website:
“Exceptional quality at lightning fast speed is what we’re all about. Blaze Pizza. Head food guy, Executive Chef Bradford Kent (aka “The Pizza Whisperer”). Fresh, made-from-scratch dough. Healthful, artisanal ingredients on the assembly line. Inventive to classic. You decide. Blazing hot oven + dedicated pizzasmith + 180 seconds = fast-fire’d, perfectly crisp perfection. Sound good? Enjoy the rest of your day.”
Blaze Pizza franchise restaurants features signature pies like the meat eater, green stripe, red vine, and veg out as well as custom-made pizzas. They’re all priced under $8.
At this time, Blaze Pizza franchises are only being sold to people who have the financial ability to open at least 10 franchise locations in an area. Obviously, Lebron qualifies.
Multi-unit franchising can be a great thing. Fortunes have been built over the years. There are franchisees in the U.S. -most of them in the food sector, that own 100+ franchise locations…and the revenue numbers are astronomical as you might imagine.
Do You Qualify For A Blaze Pizza Franchise?
See below-this information is from the Blaze Pizza franchise website.
Applicants must meet the below qualification criteria to gain consideration for a Blaze Pizza Franchise:
• Experience as a multi-unit restaurant operator and recognition as a top operator
• Well-capitalized to meet the aggressive development schedule
• Infrastructure and resources to meet our development schedule
• Real Estate experience in the market to be developed
• Total commitment to the development of the Blaze Pizza brand
• Cultural fit and a passion for the Blaze Pizza brand
Why Is LeBron Opening 10 Pizza Franchises in South Florida?
But, why is Lebron putting 10 Blaze Pizza franchises in South Florida?
Why not open 10 franchises in Cleveland?
GOP Convention attendees would probably flock to them if they opened near Quicken Loans Arena, where the Republican National Convention will take place in 2016.
Did I mention that’s where the Cleveland Cavaliers play?
Maybe I’m reading too much into Lebron’s Pizza franchise Decision.
Nah…I’m probably just being paranoid.
And, Lebron has a plan. A strategy.
A future billionaire’s plan?
Lebron image By Steve Jurvetson (Flickr: LeBron James) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Improve Your Franchise IQ With These Recommended Articles:
How to Use a Franchise Opportunity Website
The 10 Commandments of Franchise Research
What You Need To Know About Franchise Consultants/Brokers