updated 12/9/2010 5:17:38 PM ET 2010-12-09T22:17:38

BLYTHEVILLE, Ark., Dec. 9, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pizza Inn (Nasdaq:PZZI) announced today the opening of its latest buffet concept at 1035 E. Main Street in Blytheville, AR 72315. The restaurant has a freshly renovated design, full service dining area and a staff eager to serve up the chain's innovative specialty pizza line, baked with made-from-scratch dough, hearty pastas, sweet pizzerts and other freshly prepared favorites.

The Blytheville restaurant is locally owned and operated by Teresa and Danny Fleeman. In addition to serving up Pizza Inn favorites, their team in Blytheville is committed to upholding the Pizza Inn principle of giving back to the community.

"Danny and I are extremely pleased to open this Pizza Inn and spark a new relationship with loyal guests," said Teresa. "We look forward to being a big part of the Blytheville community for years to come."

As an incentive to potential franchisees Pizza Inn is currently offering a program in which new and existing franchisees pay no royalties the first year, 2 percent the second year and 4 percent beginning the third year.

"We are so confident in the long-term possibilities that we are willing to help potential franchisees during the important early years of business," said Charlie Morrison, President and CEO of Pizza Inn.

In addition to new locations, other existing Pizza Inns nationwide will be encouraged to incorporate the new look and operations into their restaurants.

"These stores are the future of our brand," said Morrison. "This concept allows us to showcase our heritage as well as the variety and quality of our food in a fun, family atmosphere."

About Pizza Inn

Headquartered in the Dallas suburb of The Colony, TX, Pizza Inn, Inc., is an international pizza chain featuring traditional and specialty pizzas, as well as freshly made pastas, sandwiches, and desserts. Founded in 1958, publicly traded Pizza Inn (Nasdaq:PZZI) franchises approximately 315 restaurants and directly owns and operates five restaurants. For more information, please visit www.pizzainn.com .

Pizza Inn is seeking single- and multi-unit franchisees to help grow the company's network of restaurants in the region. More information on franchise opportunities with Pizza Inn is available at www.pizzainn.com or by contacting Dino Chavez, Director of Franchise Development, at (800) 284-3466.

CONTACT:  Pizza Inn Inc. 
          MEDIA CONTACT:                          
          Kendra Shier, VP of Marketing 
          469-384-5130
          kshier@pihq.com

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