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Roman's Pizza Franchise

Why not share a slice of our success? Become a part of the Roman's Pizza family today.

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How We Started

It all started in 1993 when the current owner, Mr. A. Nicolakakis, a restauranteur by trade decided to purchase a flagging pizza restaurant with the intention of turning it around with his extensive knowledge and expertise. After operating the store for a year he realised the product the store was selling was ridiculously over priced and therefore the store would continue to suffer financially, unless some changes were made. Instead of changing the prices he decided to rather keep the same prices and rather give two pizzas for the price of one. That is when Little Caesar’s came into being.

As public knowledge of this fantastic, very competitively priced product grew, consumer demand lead to the opening of Little Caesar’s in other locations in Pretoria as well as surrounding areas. Unfortunately legalities arose with the registration of the company name, which then favourably lead to the “birth” of Roman’s Pizza in 2002.

Since then the company has gone from strength to strength due to the franchisor’s “hands-on” approach. Our goal today remains the same, and that is to offer the best value for money in the industry. Many have attempted to imitate our concept, but as yet, none have succeeded. Today, Roman’s Pizza has some of the busiest pizzerias in the country with some of our stores selling up to and even at times in excess of 2,000 pizzas per night. We aim to offer consumers throughout the country a more affordable meal and at the same time provide the franchisee with a substantial return on his capital.

Our pledge

Value for money

At Roman’s Pizza we strive to provide the best quality pizzas at the best value for money. 2 Delicious Pizza, One Big Box, 1 Low Price!

Consumer options

At Roman’s we offer the consumer a choice of either deep pan (thick base), or traditional base (thin base) pizza. Pizza is our major line at the moment and constitutes up to 80% of our total sales at some stores. We have a combination of restaurants/take-aways as well as take-aways only, in the group. Our current focus is on setting up take-aways only. This is because we feel they are far easier to manage from a franchisee point of view, and are far easier to control from a franchisor point of view.

Highest sales

Our pizzerias (on average) record the highest sales per square metre in the industry. Admittedly our margins are smaller than most in the fast food industry, but we get our competitive edge through our warehouse/central distribution. Almost all of the products needed in operating a store are purchased through our warehouse. Due to the ever expanding franchise with new stores opening all the time, as well as the large quantities of pizzas that the stores sell, the franchise has an ever increasing purchasing power with its suppliers.

Operational Costs

All our franchised stores are owner operated. We do not believe in selling stores as investments as they are then not operated according to the standards required by head office.

Franchisees and all other staff members undergo training at a corporate store for a period of 4 to 6 weeks. Roman’s Pizza employees are trained to provide friendly, efficient service. Our employees are the heart of our business so we strive to provide a fun, friendly working environment. To ensure that we continue to grow and prosper, harmony needs to be maintained throughout the group.

Profile of the ideal Franchisee

A Roman’s Pizza franchisee must posess the following attributes

Store Location and Layout

Site details

All sites are analysed by head office. The site must conform to our criteria. Head office also plays its hand in determining the viability of lease agreements for prospective sites. We always try to ensure that a Roman’s Pizza franchise is opened in the best site possible with a suitable lease agreement. As they say in this industry, there are three very important factors to ensure a restaurant’s success: location, location and location. We obviously feel that other factors also come into play; however the right site will make a significant difference in a franchisee’s success.

We are not in the habit of closing stores and therefore will always take the option to relocate poor performers.

Layout of stores

Roman’s Pizza believes that high quality operations require the best equipment. All our stores are fitted with ovens, dough mixers and dough rollers that are imported from abroad. Due to the volumes of pizzas served, we work on a conveyor belt oven system. Roman’s Pizza is the only pizza group that has 3 ovens operating simultaneously in a large amount of our stores.

Franchise agreement

The franchise agreement is the legal document that dictates the legal, commercial and operational relationship between the franchisor and the franchisee. Roman’s Pizza urges all prospective franchisees to seek legal advice before signing the agreement.

Complete Online Pre Application Form

Salient features

Management fee

Roman's Pizza's advertising fee is 4% of monthly turnover calculated excluding VAT.

Advertising fee

Roman's Pizza's advertising fee is 4% of monthly turnover calculated excluding VAT.

Trade Marks

A franchisee has the right to the use of our trademarks in all aspects in accordance with the franchise agreement.


The franchise agreement states the specific terms and conditions with regards to the termination of the franchise agreement.

Obligations of the Franchisor

Our obligations to our franchisees include providing


The franchisee with adequate training for the staff and management of the franchise

Recipe & Manual

The franchisee with a recipe and operations manual, and instruction in the use thereof

Quality Products

The franchisee with the best quality products at the best available prices from our distribution


Assistance with regard to site selection, equipment and store layout


Marketing on behalf of the franchisee


Any additional assistance further required by the franchisee regarding the store


The franchisee with the latest developments in the industry


The franchise agreement states that the franchisee is entitled to use the trade name, trade marks, logos, signage, intellectual property rights and advertising material in accordance with the terms and conditions therein. Roman’s Pizza authorises and requires the franchisee to use the trade mark and other intellectual property rights, as directed and in accordance with the standard instructions in relation to the business. The company warrants the non exclusive right of the franchisee to use the trademark.

Trademark includes

The Trade Name

Roman's Pizza

The slogan

Best Pizza, Best Value

The logo

Financial Information

The total investment of ± R2 200 000.00, is made up of the following costs (excl. VAT), which is illustrated in the graph below

A. Initial Joining Fee

Initial Joining Fee is ± R90, 000.00, which is required from the franchisee to confirm commitment.

B. Establishment Costs

Establishment Costs for a Roman’s Pizza is approximately ± R2 300 000.00 based on a 120m² store size. Costs however do vary in accordance with various factors. Size of store, exchange rates, and numerous other factors affect this estimate. Have a minimum of R1,250,000.00 unencumbered cash.

C. Initial Working Capital

Initial Working Capital is ± R100, 000.00. This cost however does vary and is merely an estimate. Initial Franchise Fee (3.48%) Initial Working Capital (4.35%) Establishment Costs (92.17%)

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Required documentation

Supporting documentation

from a financial institution confirming availability of unencumbered cash.

ID documents

Copies of ID documents of relevant parties.

Company Details

If company or close corporation, copy of registration documents.

Disclosure document

This Disclosure Document should help you make up your mind. While it includes some information about our contract (franchise agreement) do not rely on it alone to understand your contract. Read your entire contract carefully.

Buying a franchise is a serious undertaking. Take your time to decide. It is recommended that you have the contract explained to you by an attorney and you should seek accountancy and financial advice on the franchise proposition.

Roman's Pizza is a member of the Franchise Association of Southern Africa, if required, further information on this membership can be obtained from:
The Executive Director
Franchise Association of Southern Africa
Postnet Suite 267
Private Bag X30500
Houghton 2041

Roman's Pizza subscribes to all the rules as stated in the code of ethics at FASA, which can be found in more detail at

We certify that there has been no significant material changes in the company/franchisors financial position since the date of the auditor's certificate and the company/franchisor has reasonable grounds to believe that it will be able to pay its debts as and when they fall due.

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