Amid an economic slump, Brixx Wood Fired Pizza plans to open more than 50 restaurants in the next five years.
The Charlotte-based chain is expanding to cities in North Carolina and surrounding states.
Brixx has 13 locations and expects to grow to 18 by the end of 2009.
Restaurants and Institutions recently identified Brixx Wood Fired Pizza as one of 10 emerging chains to track. The industry magazine noted that "smart expansion plans and a clear differentiation from competition allows chains to grow, even in a down economy," according to an e-mail from Brixx.
Brixx opened in Charlotte in 1998 and partnered with McAlister's Deli co-founder Neil Newcomb in 2007 to create Brixx Franchise Systems, LLC.