EH STAFF– Mumbai
PizzaExpress has announced the launch of its first restaurant in India, in Colaba, Mumbai. PizzaExpress, which opened its first outlet in 1965 in London, has over 450 restaurants worldwide. The brand has been brought to India under an equal JV between Gourmet Investments, promoted by the Bharti Family Office, and PizzaExpress Holdings, promoted by the Gondola Group of the UK. The JV expects to rapidly establish its presence across key Indian cities to tap into the maturing casual dining market in India.
Neil Wickers, international managing director of PizzaExpress, said, “We are pleased to announce the opening of our first restaurant in India and are confident that our quality offerings will delight customers. India is clearly the market of the future and as we expand our presence in the country we aim to close the gap between fine dining and affordable fast food through our product offerings. It will be our aim to be amongst the top casual dining brands in India in the years to come.”
Ramit Bharti Mittal, director of Gourmet Investments, said, “We are extremely excited at the launch of our first restaurant. PizzaExpress restaurants in India will deliver same great taste and experience as enjoyed by customers world-over. We have undertaken extensive research to design our product-mix for the Indian market and are confident that our customers will enjoy our offerings.”