May 17, 2013
NEW PITA PIT: ARTHUR, ON
Franchisees Kulbir & Jolly Bedi opened their 3rd Pita Pit on May 17th. This is the first Pita Pit in Arthur, ON and is located at the NW corner of highway 6 and 9. Kulbir & Jolly are ready to serve the freshest pitas and coolest Smoothies to all the people of Arthur!
May 16, 2013
NEW PITA PIT: PICKERING, ON
On May 16th Lindsay & Ajax franchisees teamed up to open a Pita Pit in Pickering (1105 Kingston Rd). Lloyd Barr & Scott Barr are ready to serve Pickering the best pitas they have ever had. Drop by or call 905-492-7484 for delivery.
May 13, 2013
NEW PITA PIT: BRANDON, MB
The first Pita Pit in Brandon, MB opened on May 9th, 2013. Franchisee Darin Gentes is excited to bring Fresh Thinking & Healthy Eating for the first time to Brandon. Stop in and try one of our refreshing Fresh Fuel Smoothies or amazing pitas, made just the way you want. Or you can call 204-717-PITA for delivery.
May 7, 2013
NEW PITA PIT: Richmond Hill, ON
Julianna Wilson and Peter DeSousa have opened their first Pita Pit at 1070 Major Mackenzie Drive, Richmond Hill, ON. It is located in one of the busiest plazas in Richmond Hill surrounded by High schools, local businesses and tonnes of residential homes. This store is ready to rock and roll your Pitas and Smoothies. Julianna who is 6 months pregnant almost went into labour when she saw the first lunch rush! Good thing her brother and business partner Peter is up for the challenge!
April 29, 2013
NEW PITA PIT: WINNIPEG, MB
Winnipeggers have great taste! Today Pita Pit opened its 8th location in Winnipeg at 640 Sterling Lyon Parkway. Franchisee Dan Dell’Acqua is excited to have his second Pita Pit open. The location offers delivery, catering and a School Lunch Program. Also available are Fresh Fuel Smoothies, Breakfast Pitas, Salads and all your favourite pitas too!
April 17, 2013
NEW PITA PIT: STRATFORD, ON
Franchisee Pawandeep Thind opened the first Pita Pit in Stratford on April 17th, 2013.
The Pita Pit is located at 684 Ontario St and open Monday – Saturday at 10:30am and Sundays at 11:00am. We want to invite Justin Bieber to come by for a pita or Smoothies next time he is home!
April 12, 2013
NEW PITA PIT: SALVADOR, BRAZIL
We would like to welcome our newest country to the Pita pit family….welcome Brazil!
The first Pita Pit in Brazil opened in the Shopping Center Bela Vista in Salvador by Andrew and Adeilma Vallas. They plan on expanding the brand across the country.
Good luck Andrew & Adeilma!
March 20, 2013
NEW PITA PIT: ST CATHARINES, ON
On March 18th, 2013 Rana & Alan Matukaitis opened their second Pita Pit in St Catharines.
The newest Pita Pit is located on 311 Geneva St. It is open from 9:00am Mon – Fri for Breakfast and Sun at 11:00am. It also serves Fresh Fuel Smoothies and has delivery available.
Alan & Rana have had busy 8 months, they have opened 2 Pita Pits, were featured in Nov 2012 issue of Franchise Canada, and are already working on their 3rd location.
Go Team Matukaitis!
March 11, 2013
NEW PITA PIT: BRANTFORD, ON
The third store in Brantford opened today at 218 Henry Street by franchisees Bruno & Chris Settimi. They are excited to introduce their new local pita “The 99er”, which is loaded with chicken, turkey, and as many veggies as you can handle, it is guaranteed to satisfy your protein cravings! No time to stop in, no problem just call (519) 751-PITA for delivery.
March 2, 2013
NEW PITA PIT: STONEY CREEK, ON
The second Pita Pit in Stoney Creek opened on March 1, 2013 by franchisee Ashley Morgan. Our newest Pita Pit is located at 301 Fruitland Rd and offers delivery, Fresh fuel Smoothies and Breakfast pitas all day long. Ashley and her Fanatical staff (pictured here) are ready to roll, blend and serve up your favourite pita or Smoothie, or you can call
(289) 656-0700 for delivery.
February 25, 2013
NEW PITA PIT: KINGSTON, ON
Queen’s rocks. Pita Pit rocks. Kingston rocks. Combine them and you get the 5th Pita Pit in Kingston opened on Feb 25, 2013 in the Athletics Recreational Center at Queen’s University. GO GAELS GO!
February 20, 2013
NEW PITA PIT: GUELPH, ON
Guelph loves Pita Pit, and we love you back! Franchisee Louis Condos opened the 4th Pita Pit in Guelph on Woodlawn Rd. Drop in Mon – Fri 10:30am – 10:00pm, Sat & Sun 11:00am – 9:00pm for an amazing pita or Fresh Fuel smoothies. Or you can call 519-821-7797 for delivery.
February 8, 2013
NEW PITA PIT: TILLSONBURG, ON
On Feb 6, 2013 Kim & Carl Heutinck opened the first Pita Pit in Tillsonburg, ON. The newest Pita Pit is located at 211 Broadway St and is open for Breakfast at 8:00am Monday – Saturday, 11:00am on Sundays. They are also offering Fresh Fuel Smoothies all day long.
January 27, 2013
NEW PITA PIT: MONCTON, NB
The first Pita Pit in Moncton opened on January 18, 2013 on Mountain Road by new franchisees Nathan and Chantal Roy. The Pita Pit is fully accessible with power doors, handicap washrooms with brail signs (brail menus coming soon) and they are bilingual so will serve you in French or English. Pita Pit Moncton has full catering, delivery, Fresh Fuel Smoothies and Breakfast pitas all day long!
January 9, 2013
NEW PITA PIT: OAKVILLE, ON
On Dec 22 the second Pita Pit in Oakville opened in the Trafalgar Five shopping center on Hays Blvd. Franchisees Rob Anderson & Dave Onslow have been serving up pitas in Stoney Creek and Waterdown and are pumped to get the people of Oakville hooked on the freshest pitas and coolest smoothies in town. They are open 7 days a week from 10:00am – 11:00pm.
January 4, 2013
NEW PITA PIT: BURLINGTON,ON
The forth Pita Pit in Burlington opened on Dec 21, 2012. Franchisees Tom Chlan and Mike Valchuk are thrilled to be open and serving the people of Burlington their favourite pitas and Fresh Fuel Smoothies. Drop by 1250 Brant Street and let Mike and Tom roll up the best pita you’ve ever had!
NEW PITA PIT: HANOVER, ON
The first Pita Pit in Hanover was opened on Dec 17 by franchisee Tanya Lloyd. Hanover will now get to enjoy the best tasting pitas and Fresh Fuel Smoothies in town! Drop by and try them all! We are located at 245 – 10th St , or you can call 519-506-PITA.
December 20, 2012
NEW PITA PIT: RED DEER, AB
On Dec 17th the second Pita Pit in Red Deer was opened by first time franchisees Lucy Tantano & Trace Mutchler at 47 Clearview Market Way. Trace & Lucy are thrilled to be open and serving up all your favourite pitas and Fresh Fuel Smoothies. You can drop in or call 403-356-1715 for delivery.
December 11, 2012
NEW PITA PIT: YORKTON, SK
The first Pita Pit in Yorkton, SK opened on Dec 4th on 275 Broadway St E. Franchisees Maureen Harrison & Amy Sveinbjornson have been overwhelmed by the support of the Yorkton community. Everyone has dropped by to try a pita or a Fresh Fuel Smoothie! You can call for delivery 306-786-PITA or drop in , we are open 10:0am – 10:00pm 7 days a week.
December 3, 2012
NEW PITA PIT: OAKVILLE,ON
The first Pita Pit in Oakville, ON opened on Nov 30, 2012. Franchisees Carl and Clark Faulkner are ready to serve the Oakville community the best pitas and Fresh Fuel Smoothies they have ever had! The doors are open for business at 511 Maple Grove Drive Mon – Thurs: 10:00am – 10:00pm, Fri & Sat: 10:00am – midnight, and Sun 11:00am – 9:00pm.
November 8, 2012
NEW PITA PIT: PRINCE GEORGE, BC
Devinder and Mandy Gill opened their second Pita Pit in Prince George at 5340 Domano Blvd today. The Pita Pit is open 7 days a week at 10:00am and is serving Breakfast pitas all day long, if you haven’t tried one of our Breakfast pitas you are missing out! Get in and try one today or call (778) 416-5615 for delivery.
November 7, 2012
NEW PITA PIT: BRAMPTON, ON
New franchisees Terry Bridgeman and Nathen Swaby opened their first Pita Pit in Brampton on Sept 12. (this is the 3rd Pita Pit in Brampton). The newest Brampton Pita Pit is located at 9465 Mississauga Rd and open 7 days a week at 10:00am. Drop by for a Fresh Fuel Smoothie or your favourite pita or call 905-450-PITA for delivery.
NEW PITA PIT: DELTA, BC
The newest Pita Pit opened in Delta, BC on Oct 13. This is franchisee Ajay Dhingra’s third Pita Pit….wow, maybe there is a 4th in the works?! The Pita Pit in Delta is on the corner of 72nd and Scott Rd which is an infamous corner for Canucks fans (hoping the NHL starts soon so we can serve all the Canucks Fans this year) . Drop by or call 604-592-9881 for delivery.
September 13, 2012
NEW PITA PIT: WALLACEBURG, ON
On Sept 13 Dave DeSousa and Candace Hill opened their first Pita Pit in Wallaceburg, ON. They are excited to be serving up the freshest, tastiest food in Wallaceburg and surrounding area. The Pita Pit is located at 61 McNaughton Ave and open at 10:00am every day of the week.
August 21, 2012
NEW PITA PIT ST CATHARINES, ON
On July 5th, 2012 Rana & Alan Matukaitis opened their first Pita Pit in St Catharines. The Pita Pit is located at 275 Fourth St. Rana & Alan are thrilled to be serving up Fresh Fuel Smoothies and all your favourite pitas. Drop in or call (905) 682-6888 to get the best pitas, Smoothies and service in St Catharines!
August 7, 2012
NEW PITA PIT: WASAGA BEACH
Wow he’s done is again! Collingwood and Blue Mountain franchisee Malcolm McSorley has opened his third Pita Pit in Wasaga Beach (can I come work there for the summer, please?!). The newest Pita Pit can be found at 1288 Mosley St. Serving not only the best pitas in town, but cool, refreshing Fresh Fuel Smoothies all day too! What better way to cool off during a day at the beach…….
NEW PITA PIT: BRACEBRIDGE, ON
Bracebridge finally has their first Pita Pit. Franchisee Andrew Bridle opened his first Pita Pit on August 1, 2012 in the heart of Bracebridge at 295 Wellington St . Finally Bracebridge has a healthy and convenient place to eat! You will find the friendliest Pita artist in the north ready to spin up a Fresh Fuel Smoothie, or roll up your favorite pita starting at 10:00am daily.
June 3, 2012
NEW PITA PIT: SAINT JOHN, NB
Another first….on May 28 franchisees Marcia & Danny Lunn opened the first Pita Pit in Saint John, NB. No lobster pitas but we do have Fresh Fuel Smoothies! Stop by and get a pita made just for at, we are located at 133 McAllister Drive and open till midnight Mondday to Saturday (10:00pm on Sundays). What are you waiting for…get in there and try a pita!
NEW PITA PIT: ORANGEVILLE, ONOn May 25th Orangeville, ON finally got their first Pita Pit. Franchisees Brad & Melanie Horton are thrilled at the welcome the community has given them. The Pita Pit is located at 520 Riddell Road. They are serving Fresh Fuel Smoothies and Breakfast Pitas all day and open late night till 4:00am on Friday and Saturday. Drop in or call 519- 941-PITA for delivery.
April 12, 2012
NEW PITA PIT: EDMONTON, AB
On April 11th new franchisee Scott Stevenson opened the 7th Pita Pit in Edmonton, AB. The newest Pita Pit in Edmonton is located at 10544 Jasper Ave. Along with your favourite pitas Scott is spinning up Fresh Fuel Smoothies and Breakfast pitas all day long. Drop in and have Scott or the Pita Crew roll up a unique pita just the way you like it!
April 11, 2012
NEW PITA PIT: TERRACE, BC
The first Pita Pit in Terrace opened on April 11,2012 at 4717 Lakelse Ave by franchisee Luke Houlden. Luke and his staff have been welcomed by the Terrace community, it seems that everyone in Terrace came by to check out the Pita Pit. They are keeping up with the fast pace and serving Fresh Fuel Smoothies and Breakfast pitas from 10:00am-10:00pm(Mon-Sat)and Sundays from 11:00am-10:00pm.
March 29, 2012
NEW PITA PIT: BRAMPTON, ONThe second Pita Pit in Brampton opened on Feb 15, 2012. Franchisee Molly Jassal hosted a Grand Opening in March , surrounded by many friends, family, Pita Pete and local city councilors.
The newest Pita Pit in Brampton is located at 8 Main St and is spinning up Fresh Fuel Smoothies all day long.
March 28, 2012
NEW PITA PIT: FERGUS, ON
Franchisee Kulbir Bedi opened his second location on March 28, 2012. This is the first Pita Pit in Fergus and the response has been amazing. Customers have been lining up to get their Pita Pit fix in Fergus! The Pita Pit is located on Main Hwy 6 North on Tower St. Drop in for your favourite pita or a Fresh Fuel Smoothie!
March 16, 2012
NEW PITA PIT: GUELPH, ON
The third Pita Pit in Guelph opened on March 16, 2012 in Pergola Commons (105 Clair Road East). This is franchisees Dave Dietz and Costas Siountres second Pita Pit and they look forward to continuing to serve the Guelph community all their favorite pitas and Fresh Fuel Smoothies. Drop by or call 519-826-PITA for a delivery.
March 12, 2012
NEW PITA PIT: THUNDER BAY, ON
PJ Pasqualino opened his second Pita Pit and the third Pita Pit in Thunder Bay on March 12, 2012. The newest Pita Pit is located at 705 Red River Road and is spinning up Fresh Fuel Smoothies and serving Breakfast pitas (along with all your favourite pitas) all day long. Drop by or call 807-345-7482 for delivery.
February 1, 2012
NEW PITA PIT: OSHAWA, ONOn Feb 1, 2012 Jeff & Nancy McLean opened the third Pita Pit in Oshawa. The newest Pita Pit is located in the Smart Centre on Laval Drive. Drop in and try a Fresh Fuel Smoothie or have Jeff & Nancy roll up your favourite pita. We are open Mon – Sat 11:00am – 10:00pm and Sundays from 12:00pm – 8:00pm.
January 30, 2012
New Pita Pit: Hamilton, ON
Pita Pit’s newest location opened in Hamilton with a big bang on January 23, 2012. It is located at 649 Upper James St, just down the street from Mohawk College. New franchisees David Morgan & Sarah Parrish are already planning the opening of their second location later this year! Drop by or call 905-388-PITA to enjoy your favorite Pita or a Fresh Fuel Smoothie!
January 27, 2012
New Pita Pit: Richmond, BC
The Long Journey: After searching for 2 years for the perfect location Navreet and Harm Dhillon have found it in Richmond BC. They opened at 9100 Blundell Rd on January 9th, 2012 and made the people of Richmond very happy! Stop by and meet our newest franchisees, they are ready to roll up your favourite pita or blend up a delicious Fresh Fuel Smoothie just for you! They are also serving breakfast pitas all day long!
January 8, 2012
New Pita Pit: Brooks, AB
Troy & Shauna Armstrong opened their first Pita Pit in Brooks, Alberta on 8th Avenue on January 7, 2012. The support of the community has been overwhelming; Troy, Shauna and all their great staff have been very busy rolling pitas and spinning up Fresh Fuel Smoothies, 7 days a week from 10:00am to 10:00pm.
December 12, 2011
New Pita Pit: Vancouver, BC
The third Pita Pit in Vancouver opened on Dec 12, 2011 at 1661 Broadway East. This is the first Pita Pit for Henry Guo, who is excited to be offering the freshest food that Broadway has seen in years. Along with all your favourite pitas, Henry is serving up Breakfast pitas and Fresh Fuel Smoothies all day long.
New Pita Pit: Listowel, ON
The first Pita Pit in Perth Region opened in Listowel on Dec 12, 2012 with a huge bang. Franchisees Andrew & Niki Harrison and David & Stephen Meulensteen partnered up to bring Listowel a Fresh & Healthy alternative. The Pita Pit is located at 163 Main St or you can call 226-430-7482 for delivery.
New Pita Pit: Fredericton, NB
The East coast is loving the Fresh, Healthy food that Pita Pit offers. The 3rd Pita Pit in Fredericton opened on Dec 12, 2012 , located at 1012 Prospect St. This is franchisee Jeremy Fox’s second Pita Pit, and his 2 locations are the only Drive Thrus in Canada. This Pita Pit is opened at 7:00am (Mon – Fri) and serving delicious Breakfast pitas all day, also available are Fresh Fuel Smoothies. If you haven’t tried a Breakfast pita or Smoothie get in there and let us know how much you love them or call 506-454-PITA for delivery.
December 5, 2011
New Pita Pit: Burlington, ONFranchisee Christina Sokolov opened her first Pita Pit at 1900 Appleby Line in Burlington, on Dec 5, 2012. This is the 3rd Pita Pit in Burlington, and the only one serving Fresh Fuel Smoothies…..if you haven’t tried a Smoothie you have no idea what you are missing…delicious! Drop by or call 905-336-PITA for delivery.
December 3, 2011
New Pita Pit: Newmarket, ONOn Dec 3, 2011 the second Pita Pit in Newmarket opened for business. It is located at 17120 Leslie St. This is franchisee Ken Noakes first Pita Pit. Ken and his wife Laurie are looking forward to this new experience and to serving the Newmarket community. Drop by or call 905-895-7482 for delivery,
October 5, 2011
NEW PITA PIT: KITCHENER
On Oct 5th , the 8th Pita Pit in Kitchener- Waterloo area opened it’s doors. The newest Pita Pit is located at the corner of Westmount Rd & Highlander Rd. This is franchisee Peter Rose’s first Pita Pit and he is ready to roll up your favourite pita!
September 28, 2011
New Pita Pit: Cambridge, ONCambridge must really LOVE the Pita Pit! This week the 4th Pita Pit was open there. Bob Layeghi is the owner of the newest Pita Pit in Cambridge located at 970 Franklin Blvd & Can-Amera Pkwy in the Metro Plaza. Open from 11:00am -10:00pm Monday to Saturday and 11:00am – 9:00pm Sunday. Drop by for a delicious pita or a Fresh Fuel Smoothie.
August 12, 2011
First Pita Pit in Panama Open
Franchisor Rajesh Punjabi plans to expand the brand across the country in the next few years.
If you are ever in Panama City, stop by to get your favourite pita or Smoothie, or visit their website www.pitapitpanama.com to check it out!
April 13, 2011
NEW PITA PIT: COURTENAY, BC
The First Pita Pit in Courtenay, BC opened on April 2, 2011 and was an instant hit. Franchisees Brooke Croucher and Ada Eadie would like to thank everyone in Comox Valley for their support.
The Pita Pit is located in downtown Courtenay across from City Hall at 230 8th St.
Drop by or call (250) 871-PITA. Serving Breakfast pitas and Fresh Fuel Smoothies all day long.
April 4, 2011
New Pita Pit: Gatineau, QC
The first Pita Pit in Gatineau, Quebec opened on April 4th in the Les Promenades de l’Outaouais Food Court. Franchisees Bernard Jolette and Raj Mohanty along with North Bay franchisee Lilianna Mohanty and Pita Pete were all there for the opening.
March 25, 2011
New Pita Pit : Brantford, ONCongratulations and good luck to Chris and Bruno Settimi, who are the proud owners of Brantford’s 2nd Pita Pit located on Colborne St. W. (Sobeys plaza). There has been a steady flow of excited customers since opening day on March 25th. Drop by or call (519) 752-7997 to get your favourite pita.
March 22, 2011
New Pita Pit: Kitchener, ON
On March 22 the third Pita Pit in Kitchener opened. It is located at Sportsworld Crossing (“across from the Moose”). Franchisee Dolly Kambo and Tejpal Jassal are excited to open their first Pita Pit. You can order a delivery by calling 519-219-PITA. Don’t forget to order your favourite Smoothie too!
February 25, 2011
New Pita Pit: Cambridge, ONIntroducing Cambridge’s 3rd Pita Pit and the first in Galt. Located at the busy intersection of Dundas & Franklin, come by and let franchisees Ajay & Gaurav Malhotra and their great staff customize your favourite pita.
January 15, 2011
New Pita Pit: Kitchener, ONKathy Best and Eric Schmeiss are the newest members to join the Pita Pit gang. Opening their first store on January 15, 2011 ( this make 3 Pita Pits open in Kitchener). Visit them at 1400 Ottawa Street South or call 519-568-7062 for delivery. Good luck Kathy and Eric, keep em rollin!
January 14, 2011
New Pita Pit: Milton, ON
On January 14, 2011 Jeff Kozak opened the doors to the city of Milton Ontario. This is the first Pita Pit in Milton. Offering Smoothies and catering, Jeff and his crew will make it anyway you like it. Visit him at 1120 Steeles Avenue in Milton, or call 905-636-8008.
December 13, 2010
New Pita Pit: Waterdown, ON
Here comes Rob Anderson again doing what he does best! Opening his SECOND Pita Pit with partner Mike Valchuck , these boys are sure to roll you just what you want! Waterdown opened on Dec 13 2010 and is sure to be a huge success. You can call 905-689-2001 to order and get your favourite pita delivered right to you door.
New Pita Pit: North Bay, ON
Welcome Liliana and Raj Mohanty to the Pita Pit family. Their new store opened on Dec 13 on 112 Main Street North Bay and so far has been a huge success! We look forward to Liliana and Raj opening more stores in and around the area. GO TEAM NORTH BAY!
November 27, 2010
New Pita Pit : Cambridge, ON
The second Pita Pit in Cambridge, ON opened on Nov 27. It is located in the Hespeler community at 101 Holiday Inn Dr and an easy walk from high schools, business offices and residential areas. This is franchisee Shirley Padalino’s first location and she is excited to get involved in Hespeler community. We are open 7 days a week 10:00am – 10:00pm. Drop in or call 519-260-PITA for delivery.
August 7, 2010
New Pita Pit Open: Bonneyville, AB
Dean and Roxanne Pashniak opened in Bonneyville (4428 50 Ave) on Aug 7, 2010 and were an instant success with the people of Bonneyville. We are not sure where all the people are coming from, as population is only 6000, but we are glad they are finding us! Thank you for welcoming and supporting Pita Pit into the Bonneyville community.
July 19, 2010
New Pita Pit: Surrey, BC
July 12, 2010
New Owners: Prince George, BC
Pita Pit would like to welcome new franchisees Mandy & Danny Gill who recently purchased the Pita Pit located in Prince George. Mandy & Gill look forward to rolling up your favourite pita, they even have breakfast pitas available…if you have not tried one you definitely should!
May 14, 2010
New Pita Pit Open in Waterloo, ON
Waterloo + Pita Pit = True Love
With the fourth Pita Pit opening in Waterloo on May 3, 2010 it is apparent that the people of Waterloo truly love the Pita Pit. Seasoned franchisees Jason Cartier and Brian McNichol opened the Pita Pit in the west end of Waterloo at 653 Erb St West. Drop in or call 519-888-0158 to have your favourite Pita rolled up to perfection for you.
April 13, 2010
Ajax, ONSt. Patrick’s Catholic School is one of many elementary schools in the Durham Region that has made a stand around healthy lunches for their students. To tackle this initiative, the school recently partnered with the Pita Pit in Ajax at 105 Bayly Street West. Pita Pit staff, along with Petey, their mascot, stops by the school twice a month to provide healthy and delicious lunches for the students and staff. Students get a choice of pita, fruit and drink in this well-rounded meal that follows Canada’s Food Guide. With the help of The Pita Pit, the school has successfully been transforming the minds of children by showing them that “fun food doesn’t have to be junk food.” For more information, visit their website at www.ajaxpitapit.com.
April 10, 2010
St. Catharines, ONThe newly renovated Pita Pit in St. Catharines, ON is now open for business and ready to roll up everyone’s favorite pitas again. New franchisee Jeff Kozak gave the Pita Pit at 160 St Paul Street a total makeover. So now locals can enjoy the same fresh, healthy pitas they’ve enjoyed there since 1998, but now they can enjoy them in terrific new surroundings.
March 13, 2010
Hamilton, ONThe Pita Pit was a principal sponsor of this year’s Women’s CIS University basketball championships. At the end of an exciting weekend of truly great basketball, Simon Fraser University took home the hardware. A good time was had by all—especially when Petey stepped onto the court and entertained the crowd.
February 3, 2010
Cold Lake, AB
Our mascot Petey went to Cold Lake, Alberta to cheer on our athletes at the Alberta Winter Games. 2000 athletes and 2800 volunteers from across the province converged on Cold Lake and Bonnyville to make the Games a rip-roaring success.
January 30, 2010
Whitby, ON Grand Re-Opening
Ta da! The Pita Pit at 119 Brock Street South in Whitby has a new owner and a whole new look. Franchisee Patrick Kane bought the Pita Pit and totally renovated it, re-opening it to rave reviews.
January 15, 2010
New franchisee Kulbir Bedi opened Guelph’s fourth Pita Pit location (yes, fourth—they love us there). It’s at 204 Silvercreek Parkway North and it’s a gorgeous new-look store with light colours and natural materials that let you know as soon as you walk in that we’re all about freshness, healthy food and fun.
January 10, 2010
Niagara College, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
Now there’s a new attraction in Niagara-on-the-Lake—and this one has nothing to do with summer theatre. In January, Niagara College opened a second Pita Pit location, this one on their Niagara-on-the-Lake campus. (They’ve had one on their Welland campus since 2003.) So now Welland students can’t lord it over their Niagara-on-the-Lake counterparts. The entire Niagara College student body can now enjoy healthy and fun Pita Pit fare.
September 26, 2009
Richmond Hill, ON.
Elton Mattis, owner of the Pita Pit in Vaughan, opened his second location at #7–115 York Boulevard and was immediately mobbed by crowds of customers who’d been eagerly anticipating opening day.
September 15, 2009
Stoney Creek, ON.
Rob Anderson opened a new Pita Pit at the Heritage Greene Plaza, 1791 Stone Church Road East, having been impressed with the Pita Pit in Westdale (Hamilton). Stop by and visit Rob and his wild and crazy crew, who promise not to be as rambunctious as they were when mugging for the camera.
September 5, 2009
A new Pita Pit opened up in the Student Life Building on the University of Waterloo campus, so now students don’t have to go far to eat fresh and healthy to keep up their energy for studying. Or partying.
September 1, 2009
North York, ON.
The Pita Pit opened a second location at York University, this one in the Central Square Building on the Keele Street Campus. The other one is in the TEL building. Two York U. Pita Pits— and both are big hits.
July 28, 2009
John Konstantinidis moved his Pita Pit business from Queen Street to 744A King Street West. A lot of Johnny’s regulars followed him and he’s now happily serving them in his beautiful new location as well as welcoming new customers who live and work nearby. Drop in or call him at 647-348-2748.
July 25, 2009
Scott Baird gave the people of Ajax a real treat: the city’s first Pita Pit. Our mascot, Pita Pete, dropped by 105 Bayly Street to check it out, and caused quite a stir with the local kids. Come by unannounced or give Scott a call at 905-289-7482 and he and his staff will be pleased to roll up your favourite pita for you.
July 20, 2009
Chris Bennett, a new franchisee, opened a new Pita Pit—Burlington’s second— at 2015 Lakeshore Road. He and his crew can’t wait to get rolling and serve you! (Pardon the pun.)
July 1, 2009
Pita Pit mascot Pita Pete took to the soccer field and managed to stop two of three shots on goal in a Free Kick contest. Ottawa franchisee Andrew Scott remarked that “Pita Pete’s goal tending was good, but we’ll be practicing and next year he’ll stop all goals!” [Editor’s note: Pete may well be more agile when he tries to block goals next year. We’re putting him on a diet and giving him a makeover.)
April 30, 2009
Cold Lake, AB.
Dean and Roxanne Paskniak proudly opened their new family business: Cold Lake’s very first Pita Pit. Their shiny new store is in the Cold Lake Energy Center at Imperial Park (7825–51 Street). Join the locals and visitors who’ve already discovered it. Just drop in or call ahead at 780-639-7433.
April 25, 2009
Ajay Dhingra and Gerry Trapasso opened a new Pita Pit on the UBC campus at 5717 Dalhousie after three years of success operating the Pita Pit in Langley, BC. Come hungry and let their staff roll you a pita you’ll fall in love with. Some UBC students practically live there.
November 1, 2008
David Johnson opened the first Pita Pit in the city at 235 Third Avenue and although he loves all his loyal customers (and they love his pitas) he keeps hoping Shania Twain will drop in on her next visit. [Shania, if you’re reading this, call in your order to Dave at (705) 267-PITA or fax it to him at (705) 267-7483 and he’ll have it waiting for you whenever you come by. Then again, he’d be happy to hop a plane to wherever you are, and prepare your favourite pita right in front of you. But then, who wouldn’t?]
January 2013 Training
We have missed posting a few training sessions on the “news” , but we have been busy training franchisees from across the country and across the world. In January 2013 we had a diverse group in Kingston for the training session. From left to right, back row: Rasto Kralik (Pita Pit UK), Nicholas Georgopoulos (Pita Pit),Nathan Roy (Moncton, NB), Lurch (Pita Pit Kingston) , Gregg McIntyre (Moncton, NB), Paul Hanby (Pita Pit UK), Chris Fountain (Pita Pit), front row: Pawandeep Thind (Stratford, ON) & Amber LaPointe (Moncton, NB).
June 2012 Training
Our June Pita Pit training was a busy session with franchisees learning what’s it like to make 1000 lunches (for Special Olympics). In attendance at this session (from left to right): Alan & Rana Matukaitis (St Catharine’s, ON), Sam Moorhead (Pita Pit Operations Team), Satish “Yogi” Bharadwaj & Laxmia Knowar (Gatineau, QC).
Special Olympics Ontario in Kingston June 2012
The Spring Games for Special Olympics Ontario was held in Kingston from May 31, 2012 – June 3, 2012. Pita Pit was a proud sponsor and catered over 1000 lunches for athletes and volunteers. Pita Pete was there watch some of the games and cheer on the athletes.
APRIL 2012 TRAINING
Our April 2012 trainees were the first group to train at the new Pita Pit International Training Center. The International Training Center is connected to our corporate store in Kingston and provides a modern facility for Pita Pit franchisees from around the world to train. Present at the April Training were franchisees from Orangeville, ON and Saint John, NB. In picture left to right, top row: Melanie Horton, Marcia Lunn, Chris Fountain (Pita Pit CEO), Daniel Lunn, Brad Horton, front: Corey Vail and Dawn Young.
Brazil, here we come!
Pita Pit will be opening in Brazil in the Spring of 2012. Master Franchisors Andrew & Adeilma Vallas attended the Pita Pit’s International Training Center in Kingston, ON and are excited to get back to Brazil and start rolling pitas. The first Pita Pit location is under construction in San Paulo, Brazil and Andrew plans to expand not only in San Paulo but accross the country.
Welcome our newest franchisees! We had trainees from across the world in our February 2012 training session. Pictured above from left to right are: Luke Houlden (Terrace, BC), Barry Huggins (London, ON) Luna Mutsuddi (Brampton, ON), Adeilma & Andrew Vallas (San Paulo, Brazil). We wish all our new franchisees success in their openings and in the years to come!
Pita Pit Aug 2011 TrainingLots of new stores opening this fall, so lots of trainees came to Kingston for training the week of Aug 15th, 2011. Left to right…top row first we have: William Hung (Vancouver, BC), Bob Layeghi (Cambridge, ON), Mladen & Christina Sokolov (Burlington, ON), Ken Noakes (Newmarket, ON), Harm Dhillion (Richmond, BC), front row is Henry Guo (Vancouver, BC) and Navreet Dhillion (Richmond, BC). Good luck to all on their openings!
Taste of Kingston in support of DiabetesTaste of Kingston in support of Diabetes Kingston was a huge success. The event was held in Confederation Basin, Kingston ON from 11:00am – 3:00pm, Pita Pit made over 1200 Smoothies on sight, 350 pitas, and raised $2904 for Diabetes Kingston. Thanks to Daun Marlin, the staff from both Pita Pits in Kingston and Pita Pete for coming down and making it a great day!
Customer Appreciation in Cambridge, ON
Pita Pete was on the road again, this time he stopped at Cambridge, ON to celebrate Brian and Jason’s customer appreciation day that was held the first week of May. Amazing turn out, great food and lots of smiles. You can visit Brian, Jason & the gang at 534 Hespeler Road in Cambridge and get them to roll it just the way you like it!
South Korea to Open First Pita PitPita Pit will be opening its first location in Seoul, South Korea in Spring of 2011. Master Franchisor Ko Tae-Kaun and his managers spent the week at the Pita Pit International Training center in Kingston, ON. Ko Tae-Kaun plans to expand The Pita Pit across South Korea by opening 20 locations in the next 2 years. He fell in love with The Pita Pit while on vacation and says “Koreans love to enjoy fresh food and take care of themselves. We think The Pita Pit will fit (well with) the young Korean generation,”.
Hungry Firefighters Love Pita Pit!Franchisee Tyler Harvey from the South Commons Pita Pit in Edmonton made a gracious donation to the Edmonton City Firefighters who camped on the roof of their fire station to raise money for muscular dystrophy.
Great work for such a great cause!
We’re Number 1!
Pita Pete Skates through Newmarket
Pita Pete makes his mark in Newmarket Ontario. Check out Pita Pete when he struts his stuff at the Local Junior Hockey game that took place on Sunday November 28 2010. Keep your eye on the ice Pete, don’t slip!
Congratulations to Scott Baird and his staff (Ajax Pita Pit) for completing the 3rd Annual Ajax Waterfront Half Marathon. The crew decided to participate a few months ago, they trained and all completed the marathon which was held on Oct 24th. Way to set a goal and accomplish!
Pita Pit Training
The October Pita Pit training session was held in Kingston, ON . Franchisees that attended were from across Ontario. Our newest franchisees that successfully completed training are: Shirley Padalino opening in Cambridge (101 Holiday Inn Dr); Liliana Mohanty opening in North Bay (112 Main St); and Michael Valchuk opening in Waterdown (94 Dundas St). Good luck to all, we know you will do a great job!
Rajesh Punjabi who will be opening the first Pita Pit in Panama attended training in Kingston, ON, also in attendance from Panama were Aleanny Graell and Chandini Punjabi . Rajesh first experienced Pita Pit while attending a Canadian University. After moving back to his hometown (Panama City), he realized that the Pita Pit would be a big hit with the Panamanians. Rajesh will be opening the first Pita Pit in Panama City later this year and hopes to expand across the country by 2012.
Pita Pit Celebrates 15 Years of Success
On July 20th Pita Pit celebrated its 15 year Anniversary by giving away 1022 Free Pitas to anyone would made a donation to Partners in Mission Food Bank (over $2000 cash and 800lbs of food were collected). Pita Pit would like to thank the people of Kingston for supporting the Pita Pit since it started here in 1995. In the past 15 years Pita Pit has expanded to over 300 locations across North America and New Zealand (Panama, Australia and Korea coming soon) Pita Pete Junior made his debut, danced with the live bands, tried his luck at the Queen’s Football Target throw, and entertained everyone. Great day was had by all!
Petey celebrates with the 2009 Vanier Cup winners
NOVEMBER 2009: Petey (a.k.a. Pita Pete Sr.) and Harvey Rosen, the mayor of Kingston, joined the crowds to cheer on the Queen’s University Golden Gaels as they paraded their hard-won Vanier Cup through the streets of Kingston and the university campus. It was the first Canadian university football championship win for the Golden Gaels since 1992—and what a thrilling game it was! Despite trailing the Calgary Dinos by 18 points at the end of the first half, they rallied in the second half to win 33-31.
We’re a textbook case!
The Limestone District School Board is using The Pita Pit as a case study. Boy, are we flattered. We made it into the Introduction to Business textbook used by high school students in the Kingston area. The case study points out that our success is that we single-mindedly do one thing and do it very well: make fresh, healthy pita sandwiches and serve them up fast (instead of offering just a few healthy items like typical fast-food outlets). We hope our example will inspire a new generation of entrepreneurs— and maybe even attract new Pita Pit franchisees in a few years’ time!
Excessive sodium hits the headlines.
On September 15, the front-page story on The Globe and Mail’s was an exposé on the high levels of sodium Canadians consume, much of it hidden in processed and fast foods. It seems Canadians consume more than twice as much salt as they should every day. (The recommended daily intake of salt kids and adults 9–50 is 1500 mg. The actual average intake is 3092—and a whopping 4130 mg among 14-year-old boys!) Not mentioned in the story is the fact that meals from The Pita Pit are way lower in sodium than typical fast food fare. For example, a 1/6 slice of an 18” pepperoni pizza from Pizza Pizza contains 1630 mg of sodium; a Big Mac and medium fries? 1310 mg of sodium. A 6-inch Cold Cuts Combo sandwich from Subway? 1220 mg of sodium. A regular-size Pita Pit Chicken Breast pita with lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers? 411 mg of sodium (and only 2.4 grams of fat). So if you’re concerned about all the health risks associated with sodium,maybe you ought to eat at The Pita Pit more often.
We made it onto the list of top global franchises!
In September, The Pita Pit was acknowledged as being among the global elite when Franchise Direct ranked us #49 on their list of the Top 100 Global Franchises. Looks good on our résumé, doesn’t it?
We rank high among privately owned companies.
In August, the Pita Pit (US) was ranked #60 on Inc. Magazine’s list of 100 fastest-growing food and beverage companies in their annual Top 500 issue. (Our growth rate was clocked at 131%!)
Our growth proves you can’t keep a good idea down.
In the August issue Restaurant Business, The Pita Pit made it onto the magazine’s “Future 50” list of the fastest-growing small chains in the United States. Not bad for an enterprise that began with two friends and one store in Kingston, Ontario back in 1995.
Toronto Star exposes high calorie counts in restaurant meals
On April 8, 2009, the headline in the Star read: “1,230 calories and counting…That’s what a tuna melt sub packs; the kind of scary information that Ontario doctors battling obesity say belongs on restaurant menu.” The calorie counts for restaurant meals (including fast foods) was pretty darn shocking to the general public—but not to us at the Pita Pit. We’ve known for years that our fresh and healthy pita sandwiches have way fewer calories and less fat than other fast foods. In fact, we’d be proud to put our nutritional information right on our menu boards as well as our menus.
Entrepreneur rates us in the top 500 franchises.
In January, Entrepreneur Magazine ranked The Pita Pit on their “Franchise 500” list of top franchise operations in the USA. What a great start to the year!