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Fast-casual pizza chains still growing despite segment struggles

Existing chains and new concepts push forward

Anyone who thinks the fast-casual pizza market is dead hasn’t talked to Ray Wiley.

The former Subway operator, who started a chain in 2007 called Hot Heads Burritos, decided to open a fast-casual pizza concept two years ago. The chain, Rapid Fired Pizza, now has 15 units and 10 locations under construction, and it expects to have 30 restaurants by the end of the year. 

“We think we’ve opened more stores than pretty much any brand in their first year,&rdq

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