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Ford wanted to add more to his plate.As a dual resident of Houston and Las Vegas, Ford recently chose to execute a business plan for himself, one that he's been holding on to for a long time opening a franchise."I'm a pretty busy guy. I like to stay busy. It's a passion I've always wanted to Lv Backpack For Men

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selecting the Boca Raton, Fla. based Pizza Fusion as his business partner, because he said the quality of food impressed him.Ford's 1,800 square foot Pizza Fusion restaurant opened April 9 next to the Trader Joe's at 10345 S. Eastern Ave. Ford said Trader Joe's was a "huge factor" in selecting his location, because the store attracts the same demographic that he's trying to draw, those interested in natural and organic foods. Pizza Fusion was founded in 2007 as an all natural and organic pizza restaurant, offering vegan, gluten free, dairy free and classic Italian menu options."There's no fear involved. I really believe it's going to be successful," Ford said. "I'm a pretty organized guy. I'm all about forging forward with a plan."After the franchise's first week in business, Ford said word is getting out quickly and sales are building. In fact, his restaurant booked a private party for 20 people on Friday, which was completely unexpected."We performed better than expected. I was so happy because everything went off without a hitch," Ford said."In balancing two different jobs, the key is to be abe to understand how to coach and mentor."Ford said he focuses on how to engage an associate and make them feel like they want to be there. He also sets clear expectations through the restaurant's general manager, who represents Ford when he's in Houston. More than 90 percent of Americans eat pizza at least once per month, and 26 percent do so at least once a week.Ford said the cost to open a Pizza Fusion franchise varies, but "you're probably looking at north of $750,000.""This is going to be an exciting environment where the food is amazing and over the top," Ford said.Before Landry's, Ford worked for six years as a vice president at Mars Inc.Vaughan Lazar, CEO and co founder of Pizza Fusion, said that while Ford has other responsibilities, he's a strong choice for a franchisee."One of the things we like to do when we vet franchise candidates, is make sure this is something they're going to be committed to," Lazar said. "We saw Blair wasn't just another high net worth individual."The company CEO said Ford seems genuinely interested in the Pizza Fusion brand. Plus he already understands the restaurant industry."It requires a great deal of attention. It's not a color by numbers situation," Lazar said.Lazar said because Pizza Fusion is a franchise, some of the guesswork is taken out of ownership, thus allowing Ford to split his attention more effectively. Ford has also hired a store manager, Scotty Schuttenhelm.Thus far, Pizza Fusion has 12 locations open in four states. Company management plans to open 15 more in Nevada in the next three to five years through area development and individual franchisees deals."Sometimes you're at the mercy of others, where they're interested in opening," Lazar said.So far, one potential owner has expressed interest in locating in the Summerlin area, but it hasn't moved past interest yet. However, Pizza Fusion may be able to open its own Southern Nevada locations soon, without the help of a franchisee.Lazar said his company may merge with the publicly traded Unique Pizza and Sub. Both brands would retain their own identities, but the merger would allow Pizza Fusion to use public capital for company owned stores.

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