Domino’s Pizza Japan opens 800th store

The chain opened 126 stores in one year, a record for operator Domino’s Pizza Enterprises.

Domino’s Pizza Japan has reached another milestone in Japan, announcing the opening of its 800th store in the country.

According to listed operator Domino’s Pizza Enterprises, the pizza chain’s Japanese operations opened 126 stores in one year, ten of which did so in a single day. The announcement also comes less than 12 months after opening the market’s 700th store.

This is also the first time a market has surpassed 100 stores in a calendar year, the operator said.

“This marks an extraordinary achievement for Japan and is the result of a world-leading team effort from franchisees and team members alike,” Domino’s Pizza Enterprises group CEO and managing director Don Meij said.

“Japan finished the 2019 Financial Year with 600 stores, celebrated the 35th anniversary for the market in 2020 with the 700th store and now, less than 12 months later, has reached another milestone.”

Domino’s Pizza Japan president and CEO Josh Kilimnik expects franchisees to eventually operate 50% of all stores in Japan this calendar year.

“We are focused on reaching the 1,500 store milestone by 2030-2032, with a new approach that allows us to make dough in stores (like in Australia/New Zealand) that opens up previously inaccessible cities and towns,” he said.

“While we are the dominant pizza company in Japan, and the largest Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Ltd market by store count, no one in our team is resting on this achievement, we intend to continue to grow by putting our customers first in everything we do.”

After Japan, Domino’s Pizza Enterprises largest markets include Australia (720), France (446), Germany (368) and the Netherlands (323), according to the company's official website.

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