Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (PRWEB) August 14, 2007
Pizza Fusion (http://www.pizzafusion.com), the leader in the organic restaurant sector and green business practices, recently announced their partnership with CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) as their exclusive site selector for their national expansion. Pizza Fusion will be working closely with CBRE's Restaurant Specialty Practice Group to extend the scope of their existing markets and expand into new areas through comprehensive site selection, including the use of demographic mapping and capital market analysis.
"Pizza Fusion is the ideal, cutting edge client which brings a level of excitement and growth to the evolving green market place," Russell Barnett, Vice President and Executive Director of CBRE's Restaurant Specialty Practice Group, noted. "We welcome the opportunity to contribute to their growth and success."
In June CBRE announced a global green initiative to render all the facilities it occupies carbon neutral by 2010. In addition, it plans to encourage the owners of more than 1.7 billion square feet of building space that it manages to reduce energy use and carbon emissions at their facilities. CBRE is working with the Natural Resources Defense Council to engage clients in the implementation of energy savings technology and practices at the vast majority of its client-owned and client-operated properties around the world.
"CBRE is a perfect example of the type of businesses we're seeking to grow with," Michael Gordon, COO and co-founder of Pizza Fusion, explains. "Their industry leading concern for the environment and experience with LEED certification will be an asset to Pizza Fusion during the rapid growth we anticipate over the next five years. Additionally, by supporting environmentally conscious businesses, like CBRE, through strategic alliances with Pizza Fusion we're able to promote green business practices as a whole while furthering our ecological impact on the world."
Pizza Fusion recently incorporated LEED certification into their green business model making them the first franchise to include LEED into the build-out of their restaurants. Their first LEED certified restaurant is anticipated to open in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida towards the end of 2007 (making it the first LEED certified restaurant in Florida) followed by their Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania locations shortly thereafter.
Pizza Fusion's LEED certified restaurants will feature a number of unique, eco-efficient products, techniques and designs, including installing solar panels to provide solar power to their stores and eliminating the use of water heaters and air heating units by recycling heat from their ovens to warm their water and the restaurants themselves. Other eco-friendly store elements include countertops made from 100% recycled detergent bottles, bamboo flooring, 30% recaptured industrial concrete, ceiling panels made from 74% recycled aluminum cans and 24% post industrial metals, USG Gypsum Board made from pre-used drywall, bamboo veneer face covering for fixtures, ceiling baffles made from recycled composite board, low voltage and low heat lighting, seat cushions made with soybean oil and more.
Since launching their franchise program in February of this year, Pizza Fusion has sold 50 franchises in six states, including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Georgia, Nevada and Florida.
About CB Richard Ellis
CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), an S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world's largest commercial real estate services firm (in terms of 2006 revenue). With over 24,000 employees, the Company serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 300 offices worldwide (excluding affiliate and partner offices). CB Richard Ellis offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. In 2007, BusinessWeek named CB Richard Ellis one of the 50 "best in class" companies across all industries. Please visit our Web site at http://www.cbre.com.
About Pizza Fusion
Founded in February of 2006, Pizza Fusion leads a new niche market by combining an eclectic 98% organic menu with a detail-oriented environmental business approach in chic LEED certified fast casual environments. Pizza Fusion serves gourmet pizzas, focaccia sandwiches, salads, desserts, beers, wines and more in their purest form - untainted by artificial additives, such as sweeteners, pesticides, preservatives, antibiotics and hormones. Pizza Fusion took their green business concept national in February of this year with the launch of their franchise program. Today, with 50 franchises opening in six states, Pizza Fusion is setting new standards for the fast casual industry and sustainable business practices as a whole. For additional information, visit: http://www.pizzafusion.com.
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