Domino’s Pizza 5,000th store opened outside of the U.S.

Domino’s, the pizza delivery franchise, has opened three new stores. The latest in Cologne, Germany, is one of three stores that will be recognised as the 5,000th international outlet for Domino’s Pizza Inc.

The other two symbolic stores are in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Penang, Malaysia. The first Domino’s to open outside the U.S. was 27 years ago.

The Cologne store will be the eighth in Germany and opened by Domino’s Pizza Group, the holder of the master franchise for the UK, Republic of Ireland and Germany. The franchisee, Abdul Mumtaz, also has a store in Bonn, as well as several in the UK. The opening of the Cologne store was celebrated with a guest appearance of Pali Grewal, a UK franchisee, who successfully defended his title last month in Las Vegas, as the world’s fastest pizza maker at Domino’s. His record for making three large pizzas is just 39.1 seconds.

Domino’s Pizza Group’s chief executive officer, Lance Batchelor, said: “We are delighted to have the honour of opening the 5,000th international store. Our plans in Germany are progressing well and opening a global milestone like this will help raise our profile as we continue to expand in the region.”

Founded in 1960, Domino’s is one of the world’s leading pizza delivery brands. The company operates a global network of more than 9,350 stores (4,350 in the U.S.) in 70 international markets and has a singular focus – the home delivery of pizza, freshly made to order with high quality ingredients.