updated 5/19/2011 1:18:40 PM ET 2011-05-19T17:18:40

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C., May 19, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pizza Inn, Inc. (Nasdaq:PZZI), an international pizza chain recognized for serving a variety of fresh, popular traditional and specialty pizzas, has opened its largest U.S. restaurant in Rocky Mount, North Carolina at 1473 Hunter Hill Road.

The new location set a company record for the biggest opening in Pizza Inn history with a sales increase of more than 60 percent in the first two weeks of opening.

"We are thrilled with the new location and the response from the local community," said Steve Stancil, local franchisee. "These numbers are new territory for Pizza Inn and will help to move our brand to even greater heights."

Stancil joined Pizza Inn in 1974 and became a franchisee in 1985.

A city street widening project prompted the Rocky Mount restaurant to relocate across the parking lot. The new 9,000 square-foot restaurant seats 324 and features Pizza Inn's new back fed pizza buffet, large salad bar and upgraded interiors.

"Steve has done an incredible job, turning a challenge into a huge opportunity and posting record sales for the entire Pizza Inn chain at the same time," said Charlie Morrison, president and CEO of Pizza Inn. "The response from loyal customers in Rocky Mount has been fantastic." 

The new restaurant is open 10:30 am to 11 pm, 7 days a week and available by phone at (252) 937-2323.

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 300 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.

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