A company that sells its pizzas in Ireland, Italy and Greece is set to open a new branch in the Republic.
The Greek company, known as Pizzeria La Plata, says it is aiming to bring its pizzerias across the EU, and is now considering opening a branch at the Irish border, where the company has its headquarters.
The company says the decision to move its HQ to Ireland comes after years of pressure from customers.
The decision has prompted a backlash, with some calling the decision an “unfortunate and dangerous step”.
The company’s founder, Antal Giannakouris, says the company will now focus on developing the best possible product for its customers, and not “be a mere customer” in a business that has made it an important part of Greek life.
“We are proud of what we have done, we are proud that our pizza has won many awards, we will continue to develop our business and we will open new branches around the world,” Mr Giannapoulos said.
He added that he had not given up hope that he would eventually get a branch open in Ireland.
The chain’s owners said they are working hard to secure the support of the Irish government and that they are planning to open up a new Irish branch, with a focus on the country’s booming pizza industry.
“As a proud family-owned company, Pizzera La PlATA has built its brand in the Greek islands, and our objective is to make our European customers proud, to expand our customer base and to continue to innovate,” Pizzaro La Plato said in a statement.
“Our goal is to reach out to as many people as possible and be a part of the community and community activities in Ireland.”
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“The growth of the pizza industry in Greece is really phenomenal, it’s growing at an astonishing rate,” the source said.
“Ireland is a prime location to open the Pizzerias, as it is one of the largest pizza destinations in Europe.”
With a huge pizza industry, there are always new opportunities for Pizzerias and new business opportunities for them, and this will allow Pizzara to focus on creating and improving its product.
“In a year, we’ll see Pizzersia La Planta expand its footprint in Greece, and we are looking forward to welcoming its new owners into our family.”
The chain has won numerous awards including a Silver Medal at the 2016 Guggenheim Art Awards for its pizza.
A spokesperson for Pissi, the company behind the Pazzeria, said it was committed to serving our customers in Ireland and Greece and would continue to work with local authorities to expand and support its business.
“Pizzeria Plata is proud to be a global partner and will continue its efforts to grow our Greek presence, with plans to open new branch locations throughout the country,” they said.