The Arizona location will add to Lou Malnati's 42 locations in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, but there's a chance more could come.
"If we're successful with the first one, let's just keep it rolling," Lou Malnati's CEO Marc Malnati told Crain's Chicago Business. "For most of my career, I've said, 'No. No. No. We're Chicago.' We are still Chicago, but you know, we see a real opportunity here." In fact, much of the company's sales of frozen pizza ship to Arizona and the greater Phoenix-Scottsdale area, where there's a significant population of former of Chicagoans, according to the report. Lou's is also eyeing areas in Texas, California, and Florida, which also rank high in frozen pizza sales.
Chicagoan or not, who doesn't enjoy a hulking slice of deep dish? Oh, wait.
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Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and enjoy some Lou's on a recent visit to Chicago. Send news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.