Flash Market Inks Pizza Inn Deal

New site in Lebanon, Tenn., part of franchise agreement

LEBANON, Tenn. -- Pizza Inn's traditional and specialty pizzas are now available in Lebanon, Tenn., for takeout or delivery through an agreement with Flash Market convenience stores. The newest Pizza Inn delivery and carryout location has opened there and is part of a franchise agreement that will place similar Pizza Inn locations in select Flash Market c-stores throughout Arkansas and Tennessee.

Flash Market stores are owned by the Patterson family, who also feature Subway, Quiznos, Baskin Robbins and Dairy Queen franchises in their c-stores and travel plazas.

"We [image-nocss] wanted to upgrade our existing pizza programs to include a quality brand name with a menu that offers a fresh made dough product," said Shane Patterson.

Patterson said the company plans to open up additional Pizza Inn locations in coming months.

"This is a tremendous opportunity to introduce Pizza Inn to new customers," said Charlie Morrison, CEO of Pizza Inn. "The Patterson Family has a long history of success with high-profile franchise brands, and we are excited that Pizza Inn will now be able to play a part in the success."

Based in the Dallas suburb of The Colony, Texas, Pizza Inn Inc. is an international pizza chain featuring traditional and specialty pizzas, as well as freshly made pastas, sandwiches and desserts. Founded in 1958, publicly traded Pizza Inn franchises approximately 315 restaurants and directly owns and operates four restaurants.

Headquartered in West Memphis, Ark., Flash Market Inc. and affiliated petroleum company Flash Oil Co. of Arkansas Inc. own, operate or supply fuel to more than 150 retail locations in the states of Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi and Missouri. Of these locations, approximately 70 are company-owned and operated under the Flash Market banner, and it markets and distributes fuel under the CITGO, Shell, Phillips and Conoco brands.