Nearly 36 years after opening its first store outside the U.S. in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Domino’s Pizza will open the doors to its 500th Canadian store today. The company currently has stores in every Province and two of three Territories.
"What a great day! I am so proud of the many people who worked hard to reach this milestone for Domino’s Pizza in Canada,” said Mike Schlater, Domino’s Pizza of Canada’s Chief Executive Officer. “Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined celebrating the opening of our 500th store back in 1983 when I opened the first store in Winnipeg.”
Michael Curran, President of Domino’s Pizza of Canada, added: “This is a huge achievement for the entire Canadian Domino’s family, and I am thrilled to share this special milestone alongside our franchisees, their teams, and our valued customers. The hard work and dedication exhibited by our local partners every day in their stores and communities continue to set us apart from our competition.”
Domino’s will celebrate the opening of the store with a ribbon-cutting event today at 11:00 am and will include free pizza, Coca-Cola, games, and prizes. The event is scheduled to last until 4:00 pm. The store is located in Victoria, BC at 3214 Douglas St.
Attendees for the event include Michael Curran, Andy McMillin, VP of Development and Store Performance, Jeff Kacmarek, VP of Marketing and New Product Development, Reed Rainey, VP for the Americas Region, along with Dale Lamoureux, Shelley Chiasson, and Wil Chiasson, Domino’s Pizza franchise owners of the 500th store.
The 500th store is Dale, Shelley and Wil’s first store together. Dale started with Domino’s as a delivery expert in 1985 and purchased his first store in 1993. Shelley and Wil opened their first store in 2009. More than 90% of Domino’s franchise owners began their career as a delivery driver or pizza maker in Domino’s stores.
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