Quebec Franchise Council names Boston Pizza Quebec's Franchisor of the Year

    MONTREAL, Nov. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - Boston Pizza International was named
Franchisor of the Year, by the Quebec Franchise Council at its 2007 Maillon
d'or Awards. These awards recognize excellence in Quebec franchising and
highlight the success of franchises across all industries that are so integral
to the economic development of Quebec.
    Boston Pizza's executive vice president for Quebec Mr. Wayne Shanahan was
particularly honoured and proud of this recognition. "This award underlines
the resounding success of our chain since we arrived in Quebec in June 2005,"
he declared. "Boston Pizza continues to be extraordinarily successful in
Quebec due to the outstanding work of our Quebec team, our dedicated
franchisees and the strength of our brand."
    In only two and a half years, Boston Pizza has opened 24 restaurants in
Quebec, an unprecedented achievement in the casual dining industry. "We are on
track to open 50 restaurants in Quebec by 2010", noted Mr. Shanahan.
"Considering that over 60% of our franchise holders have already made deposits
on a second or even third restaurant, it's clear that the Boston Pizza concept
is fulfilling their expectations perfectly."
    Boston Pizza restaurants in Quebec boast higher average same store sales
than Boston Pizza restaurants in the rest of Canada and also rank highest in
levels of guest satisfaction. Boston Pizza also ranked second in terms of
spontaneous name recognition among Quebec-based restaurants in an August 2006
    Boston Pizza employs more than 2,000 people in Quebec and has a regional
office in Laval.

    About Boston Pizza

    Boston Pizza International Inc. is Canada's No. 1 casual dining brand
with more than 280 restaurants in Canada and 2006 sales in excess of 
$647 million. The company has been recognized as one of Canada's 50 Best
Managed Companies since 1993. Boston Pizza International Inc. is headquartered
in Richmond, B.C., and has regional offices in Mississauga, Ontario, and
Laval, Quebec, to support its expansion. For more information, visit

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