Reporter- New Mexico Business Weekly

Pizza 9 will open its 13th restaurant in two weeks in Los Lunas, according to Hass Aslami, CEO of Albuquerque-based Pizza 9 Franchise Corp.

The Los Lunas location is on Central Avenue across from the Lowe’s Home Improvement Center in Los Lunas’ downtown. It is the third company-owned store and will contain around 1,800 square feet.

The company’s 12th unit opened Friday at 6514 Paradise Road NW, operated by franchisee Julie Johnson.

Pizza 9’s first Santa Fe location opened last week at 1965 Cerrillos Road, operated by franchisee Virgil Guerrero.

“Our plan is to grow to 48 to 50 locations in New Mexico, and we hope to do it in the next three to four years. From there we are looking to expand to Arizona, Colorado and Texas,” Aslami said.

A Pizza 9 franchise ranges from $100,000 to $200,000, considerably less than many other national fast food chains, Aslami added.