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Why Us – Pita Pit is the future of quick, casual foodservice. We call it Fresh Thinking—Healthy Eating®. People are changing the way they eat—they want something unique and healthy—and Pita Pit delivers in an innovative way.
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Pita Pit has created an entire culture and a proven franchising system—one that has undergone twenty years of fine tuning—to meet this growing demand. The unique combination of fresh, healthy food, mainstream music, and a lot of fun—along with young, high-energy staff members and customers, creates the very unique Pita Pit vibe. Today, there are more than 240 Pita Pit locations in the United States, and over 580 Pita Pit locations worldwide—the company is poised for explosive growth and we want you to join us!

Our franchisees not only benefit from our proven business model and support, but also from knowing that they are invested in a business that is a source of pride, as well as a profit. In 2015 Pita Pit was ranked #32 in Entrepreneur Magazine’s list of America’s Top Global Franchises and #16 in Business Insider’s Top 20 Food Franchises in the World! It’s a very exciting time to be a Pita Pit franchisee.

Explore this site, it’s packed with information about Pita Pit USA, which will help you decide if a Pita Pit franchise is the right business for you.

The information on this page is not an offering. An offering can only be made through our Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD). If you are interested in possibly becoming a franchisee, and would like to receive a copy of our FDD, please begin the process by submitting your name, phone number, email, and address through the link directly above.

FOR THE STATE OF NEW YORK: This is not an offering. An offering can only be made by a prospectus filed with the Department of Law of the state of New York. Such filing does not constitute approval by the Department. IN MINNESOTA: Minnesota Registration Number F-4350.

Fresh Thinking Healthy Eating  –  Pita Pit was founded on the premise that people want an exciting alternative to fast food restaurants; a place with healthy, great-tasting food served fresh, yet still fast. Thus, Pita Pit decided not to rely on breads with a high carbohydrate and fat content. Instead, Pita Pit came up with its own special light and tasty pita in an effort to target a more health-conscious demographic. Every pita is made fresh and customers have the ability to customize their pitas exactly to their liking. Pita Pit serves quality lean meats grilled to perfection, unique flavorful cheeses, fresh vegetables, exotic toppings and signature sauces which are then wrapped up in a steamed white or wheat pita or served as a fresh salad.

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Growing Demand “There is growing demand for simple, convenient, quick, and healthy food—a market Pita Pit is increasingly capitalizing on.”

With consumer’s eating habits trending toward low-carb and reduced-fat foods, sandwich bread and pizza crust are losing their popularity; and that is causing traditional fast food franchises to not perform as well as made-to-order restaurant concepts.

Pita Pit was founded on the premise that people want a fresh alternative to fast food restaurants; a place where healthy, great-tasting food is served fresh, but still fast. At Pita Pit, we’ve capitalized on the consumer’s desire for fresh and healthy, and great-tasting food. While these desires often compete with one another, we have designed a system which accomplishes them all.

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Simplicity – Our business model is simple—whether you would like to open your Pita Pit franchise as a free-standing building with a drive-thru, or in a mall food-court, it can be accommodated. Over the years, Pita Pit has perfected its business model to allow our franchisees to achieve success from a variety of different store locations.

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nelsonHistory – Pita Pit founder, Nelson Lang, rolled the very first pita in 1995, in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, with a vision to provide a healthy alternative to fast food restaurants. The success of this “fresh thinking” concept led to its franchising across Canada starting in 1997, followed by the United States in 1999. Pita Pit USA, Inc. was later created in 2005, and is headquartered in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The accolades began rolling in for Pita Pit in 2007, when it was recognized by being ranked on the Entrepreneur Magazine Franchise 500 and Inc. 5000 lists. Today, there are over 240 Pita Pit restaurants in 43 states throughout the United States, and the Pita Pit Brand is truly going global.

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1995

First Pita Pit opens in Kingston, ON Canada
First Pita Pit opens in Kingston, ON Canada

1997

Franchising begins across Canada
Franchising begins across Canada

1999

Franchising in the USA began

The first US store opens in Syracuse, NY (7/23/1999)
Franchising in the USA began

The first US store opens in Syracuse, NY (7/23/1999)

2005

Pita Pit Inc. was acquired by Pita Pit USA, Inc. and headquartered in Coeur d’Alene, ID
Pita Pit Inc. was acquired by Pita Pit USA, Inc. and headquartered in Coeur d’Alene, ID

2006

Store #100 opens
Store #100 opens

2007

Pita Pit USA receives the first of many accolades from Entrepreneur Magazine and Inc. Magazine

First mall location opens
Pita Pit USA receives the first of many accolades from Entrepreneur Magazine and Inc. Magazine

First mall location opens

2010

Store #200 opens
Store #200 opens

2011

Pita Pit opens in Mall of America
Pita Pit opens in Mall of America

2012

Pita Pit opens first location on Navy base in Norfolk, VA

Pita Pit opens first location inside a gas station convenience store, Colorado Springs
Pita Pit opens first location on Navy base in Norfolk, VA

Pita Pit opens first location inside a gas station convenience store, Colorado Springs

2013

The first Multi-Unit Development Zone Agreement is completed (Five stores)
The first Multi-Unit Development Zone Agreement is completed (Five stores)

2014

Opened 32 new locations in 2014
Opened 32 new locations in 2014

2015

On track to open 38 new locations in 2015
On track to open 38 new locations in 2015
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Our Pitas – At Pita Pit, we don’t do things the conventional way; we never have and we never will. Ultimately, this approach starts with our bread—the pita. Our pitas aren’t the boring, stiff, fold-over-type pitas—they’re unique. They are custom-designed to wrap around our delicious, lean grilled meats, fresh toppings, cheeses, and sauces, so it can be eaten and enjoyed anywhere. Yes, anywhere—the office desk, walking down the street, driving the car, or on the dance floor!

Our pitas feature less carbs, lean grilled meats, fresh vegetables, and choice – over 18 septillion different combinations. As if that wasn’t good enough, our pitas come in white and whole wheat with NO preservatives and NO additives, just all natural, 100% vegan and 100% delicious ingredients. If you’re not in the mood for a pita, you can get any one of our pita options ‘Fork Style’ which comes as a salad!

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Pita Pit ‘Cult’-ure – Pita Pit has crazy-devoted fans all across the country because we offer fresh, healthy, quick food, like nowhere else! So much so, our brand has spawned an enthusiastic, cult-like following. Pita Pit thrives on our passionate, loyal fans, who treat our stores as a social-hub and visit again and again. Our customers constantly crave us!

Our competitive advantage is so much more than lean meats and fresh veggies stuffed into a unique pita shell. Much more. Pita Pit customers often use the word “love” when describing how they feel about our restaurant. We not only allow, but encourage, franchise owners and staff to emulate the brand’s personality—Friendly, Cheerful, Edgy, Engaging, Casual, Clever, Irreverent, and Cool—which makes Pita Pit an awesome place to dine, an awesome place to work, and an awesome franchise to own!

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Personalized Process – No other restaurant franchise offers as many food options and combinations as we do. Really. We had some smart guy do the math and there are over a trillion different possible pita combinations. Why do we offer this many choices? Because we believe our customers should be able to make their pitas exactly the way they want it. Here’s how the ordering process rolls:
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Recent Openings

  • Des Moines, IA
  • Memphis, TN
  • Leawood, KS
  • Fishers, IN
  • Qunicy, WA
  • Fort Myers, FL
  • Hoboken, NJ
  • Houston, TX
  • Bettendorf, IA
  • Columbus, GA
  • Deer Park, TX
  • Cerritos, CA
  • Birch Run, MI
  • West Chester, PA
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Oregon, OH
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Strongsville, OH
  • Florence, SC
  • Bellingham, WA
  • Highland Heights, KY
  • Devils Lake, ND
  • Kansas City, KS
  • Kennesaw, GA
  • Yakima, WA
  • Springfield, MO
  • Burbank, OH
  • Gig Harbor, WA
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Duluth, MN
  • Grants Pass, OR
  • Jefferson City, MO
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Carrollton, GA
  • Cornelius, NC
  • Louisville, KY
  • San Diego, CA
  • Baton Rouge, LA
  • Shreveport, LA
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Houston, TX
  • Machesney Park, IL
  • Denver, CO
  • Mentor, OH

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  • Houston, TX
  • Columbia, SC
  • San Juan, PR
  • Houston, TX
  • Moses Lake, WA
  • North Charleston, SC
  • Crown Point, IN
  • Colorado Springs, CO
Expansion

With more than 240 locations across the United States (and over 580 worldwide!!), Pita Pit is poised for explosive growth. It’s a very exciting time to be a Pita Pit franchisee and we invite you to become a part of the Fresh Thinking—Healthy Eating concept that people of all ages enjoy.
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Available Territory - Pita Pit is expanding all across the U.S. in new and existing markets. To find out if your area is open for development, call us at 1-866-OWN-A-PIT or click the "Request Info" button located at the top of the page.
Why You Should Invest Now - Franchising with the Pita Pit is a great way to become part of the booming restaurant industry. Our franchisees benefit from a very popular concept and a proven system—one that has undergone twenty years of fine tuning. Although Pita Pit has grown significantly since our inception, we are still a relatively new concept with great opportunity to get in on the “ground floor” and grow with the brand. With consumer eating trends shifting toward healthier options, now is the time to invest in Pita Pit USA, and become a Pita Pit franchisee.

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Do You Have What It Takes? – Pita Pit is the future of quick, casual foodservice. We call it Fresh Thinking—Healthy Eating. People are changing the way they eat—they want something unique and healthy. Our food is fresh, fun, and reflects a healthier and active lifestyle.

Our franchisees not only benefit from our proven business model and support, but also from knowing that they are invested in a business that is a source of pride, as well as a profit. It’s a very exciting time to be a Pita Pit franchisee. But first, do you have what it takes?

Here are a few questions to get you started:
 

  • Do you LOVE the product (or concept)?
  • Are you are passionate about bringing a Healthier Alternative than QSR Status Quo to the market you want to develop?
  • Do you believe that the Pita Pit is a unique opportunity, both in product and business opportunity?
  • Do you want to take advantage of the growing consumer trends towards quick, fresh and healthy meals, and bold flavors?
  • Are you willing to work hard to grow the brand in your market through deep-rooted community involvement?
  • Are you are excited to be a part of a growing concept?

If you answered YES to these questions—you have the right Pita DNA!

Steps and Timeline

The typical timeline for a Pita Pit store opening is 4 to 6 months. We also have several existing Pita Pit restaurants for sale in specific states. These restaurants can often be acquired more quickly and economically than a new restaurant. Ask one of our Development Specialist for details.

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Initial Application/Eligibility/Approval Process

  • Candidate contacts Pita Pit by phone, email, carrier pigeon, singing telegram, or other means
  • Pita Pit Welcoming Team calls Candidate (or returns pigeon)
  • Pita Pit Franchising Introduction Packet sent to Candidate
  • Candidate contacted by Franchise Development Specialist
  • Initial Interview Questions Asked
  • Candidate submits Franchising Intro Questionnaire
  • Eligible Candidate provided Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD)
  • Candidate performs due diligence; reviews FDD, reaches out to current franchisees, continues to research Pita Pit
  • Candidate begins applying for financing
  • Candidate completes Franchising Application
  • Candidate invited to Discovery Day at Pita Pit Home Office in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
  • If approved, candidate sends in franchisee fee & signs franchise agreement – Pita Pit Franchise is AWARDED!

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Finding a Great Location

  • Pita Pit will assist you throughout the entire process from site selection to a signed lease. All leases are signed by the franchisee.
  • Almost all proposed locations are visited in person by experienced Corporate Staff before final site approval granted.

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Construction Phase

  • Once a lease is signed, Pita Pit and its agents will coordinate with you to begin the build out process, assisting you and your general contractor from initial drawings to final inspection.

Training Process (takes place 4-6 weeks before the completion of construction)

  • Franchisee attends 12 day Franchise Training in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho at the Pita Pit National Training Center (NTC).
  • Construction is completed, local permits are granted.

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Pita Pit does not loan to franchisees, however, we may be able to help you in the financing process with your bank. To be considered for a Pita Pit franchise you will most likely need a net worth of approximately $250,000, of which $75,000 will most likely need to be in the form of a liquid investment or holding account. SBA applicants will probably need to inject 30% cash into their loan to promote immediate cash flow, and reduce monthly expenses. While this may be the bank’s typical minimum threshold, they may make exceptions to this requirement under special circumstances, or for those individuals who are close to the minimum requirements. Pita Pit is listed on the SBA Registry and has a Bank Credit Report (BCR). Our Franchise Development Team can discuss various options for financing, as well as help your local banker better understand Pita Pit franchising.

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Proven Systems – Franchising with Pita Pit is a great way to become part of the booming restaurant industry. Our franchisees benefit from a very popular concept and a proven system—one that has undergone twenty years of fine-tuning. Additionally, Pita Pit corporate staff and the Franchisee Advisory Council continue to look for new ways to grow and to develop operational, financial, and marketing systems that ensure each franchisee is receiving the most up-to-date tools for success. It goes along with our idea of “fresh thinking.”

Comprehensive Training (PITA 101) – Pita Pit USA offers world-class training to all of our franchisees. Before a store opens for business, we require our new franchisees to participate in Pita 101 —our franchisee training program— held at our National Training Center, located in beautiful Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Franchisee Training is comprised of multiple on-line modules that are completed prior to attending the nine-day hands on training course. The nine-day training course is designed to prepare franchisees to be able to hire, train and develop employees to operating and maintaining a Pita Pit restaurant to corporate standards. The course is taught by experts in their field and have extensive experience in owning and operating successful restaurants.

Operational Support – For Pita Pit USA to prosper, our franchisees must be happy and successful. To help ensure their success, we offer exceptional, ongoing operational support, that’s just a phone call away. We host a dedicated Franchise Resource Center to provide assistance with matters such as controlling food and labor costs, working with suppliers, and creating successful marketing strategies. An experienced Systems Specialist also attends the opening of every store in order to help train employees, and explore effective ways to market in the franchisee’s particular area. Additionally, our Systems Specialists periodically visit store locations in their regions to evaluate strengths and weaknesses, and identify where franchisees should focus their efforts. We find it’s the best way to keep a store tracking toward success!
Real Estate And Site Criteria – Pita Pit has its own in-house real estate team to assist you during the site selection process for your franchise. Out team uses the latest technology and expertise to help determine if a Pita Pit restaurant would be supported and welcomed at a particular location. Our experience is in knowing what factors determine the success of a Pita Pit, and include location, visibility, and proximity to anchors (large retail stores, movie theatres, and college and high school campuses). We’ll combine our experience with your knowledge of local commercial real estate markets to determine where to locate your Pita Pit franchise.
Ideal Site Criteria:

  • 1000 – 1500 square feet
  • Retail space: end cap and main road visibility preferred
  • Good Visibility
  • Good accessibility with parking
  • Strong daytime population
  • High foot traffic or vehicle traffic areas
  • Strong employment within the surrounding area
Construction – Pita Pit also has a dedicated Construction Division, which has designed layouts for more than 300 Pita Pit stores in North America. Our team is capable of determining if it is feasible to build a Pita Pit in a certain location. They’ll work closely with your architects and engineers; providing details to assist them in completing a full set of drawings for your Pita Pit build-out. The Construction Division will also work closely with your general contractor, and the Pita Pit suppliers, to ensure that the building process is completed efficiently and according to Pita Pit standards.

Marketing – Pita Pit invests a portion of all its franchising dollars into a cooperative marketing effort, known as the General Advertising Fund (GAF). This pooled-fund helps support brand awareness and build foot traffic in our stores. As a franchisee, you will have access to a private website, containing a wide assortment of professionally-designed materials; many of which can be customized and printed on demand. Included are promotional coupons, brochures, flyers, direct mail offerings, in-store signage and more. There is also step-by-step instructions and materials for a successful grand opening. Our corporate Marketing Team, Franchise Advisory Council Marketing Sub-Committee, and external ad agency, all work together for the benefit of the franchisees and the Pita Pit Brand. We want you to reap profits from spreading the word about Pita Pit.