Nearly 53 years after its founding in Ypsilanti, Michigan, Domino’s Pizza opened its 10,000th store and celebrated the milestone Thursday in Turkey.
One day after opening its 9,999th store, located in Carlsbad, California, Domino’s Pizza (NYSE:DPZ) opened its milestone store in Kaligthane, a district within the city of Istanbul, in an event attended by Domino’s president and CEO, J. Patrick Doyle .
“The extraordinary efforts of many people over many years have led us to this exciting milestone for everyone associated with Domino’s Pizza,” said Patrick Doyle.[ Also Read: Meet the World’s Fastest Pizza Maker ]
According to the company, Domino’s international store count eclipsed its U.S. store count earlier this year, and now also accounts for more than half of annual global retail sales, which are close to $7 billion.
Recently, Domino’s Pizza announced a national campaign, asking consumers to contribute to a whole new pizza delivery experience by helping design the Ultimate Delivery Vehicle. (Read: Domino’s Pizza Inviting You to Design Delivery Vehicle)
Domino’s Pizza in Turkey is owned and operated by Fides, a private equity company, and operated by Aslan Saranga , the brand’s general manager.
During the celebration week, Domino’s Pizza will be giving away 10,000 pizzas free to its Turkish Facebook fans, and will be offering a 50 percent discount off the menu price for all online orders.
The store features the “Pizza Theater” design introduced this summer in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand. The store design puts the art and skill of pizza-making at the front of the store, visible to all customers.
The design was created by Chute Gerdeman, a design firm based in Columbus, Ohio.