Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Limited (Domino’s) has just opened the doors to its newest store in Saint-Philibert-de-Grand Lieu, France, taking the grand total of stores in their seven markets – New Zealand, Australia, Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Japan and Germany to 2,000 across the Group.
Domino’s Group CEO and Managing Director Don Meij said reaching the milestone was testament to Domino’s products, passionate people and their growing customer base.
“The fact that our 2,000th store opening is in our European market is very fitting. Our growth in our existing stores in this market has been exceptional and it has been obvious to us that we need even more stores to help service our customers efficiently,” Mr Meij said.
The 2000th store now belongs to long term franchisees and husband and wife Domino’s duo, Fabrice and Carole who own and operate nine Domino’s stores in the Group’s network.
Only last year the Company announced several acquisitions including acquiring 89 Pizza Sprint stores in France and the formation of a joint venture, partnering with UK-listed Domino’s Pizza Group (DPG) to acquire Joey’s Pizza chain of 212 stores in Germany.
Mr Meij said the growth of the Company over the past 12 months has been exciting.
“We have been busy converting Pizza Sprint and Joey’s Pizza stores over to Domino’s but we have also been working on organic growth and delivering a number of exciting projects both aimed at pick-up and delivery customers.”
The benefit to the Australian and New Zealand markets from the Company’s overseas network, in terms of gaining key learnings from the other international markets are huge and customers are reaping the benefits of these shared learnings.
“We can tailor and implement the technological and digital developments, predict future trends and reduce and eliminate customer friction points – the learnings are endless and insurmountable for working out our customer’s need.”
Mr Meij said that technology and innovation is the driving force behind the customer’s desire for more stores, and over the next 12 months the Company has even more changes coming that will completely change the delivery experience as we know it.
And while he can’t share the finer details of growth to come until next month when the Company reports its FY16 Company results, Mr Meij confirmed he was excited by the future.
“Our 2,000th store opening is a huge milestone and the teams in all of our markets should be proud of how far we’ve come since opening our first ever store in Red Hill, Queensland Australia.”
The past 12 months has seen Domino’s announce an innovation lab in its headquarters, the release of the world’s first autonomous delivery vehicle and the execution of a number of world-class digital projects.
The Company will report its FY16 results on Tuesday 16 August, 2016.