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Arizona Pizza plans new shop in Clifton Park

Arizona Pizza plans new shop in Clifton Park

A Southwestern-style pizza restaurant chain is moving into the Capital Region and proposing to set u

An Southwestern-style pizza restaurant chain is moving into the Capital Region and proposing to set up shop across the street from the Clifton Park Center.

The Arizona Pizza Co. is looking to open a casual dining restaurant in the Clifton Country Road space previously occupied by an F.Y.E. entertainment retailer. The chain’s entrance into the New York market comes six years after founder Bill Stevens opened the first Arizona Pizza in Lenox, Mass. That Arizona Pizza was followed by two other Berkshire County restaurants in Lee and Lanesboro.

The Glendale, Ariz.-based chain is best known for its wood-fired pizzas, which include Mexican pizza, barbecue chicken pizza and hot wing pizza. Stevens sold his first franchise in 2003, and he now has at least nine restaurants in Massachusetts, Florida, Maryland and Arizona.

In 1996, Stevens opened his first pizza and pasta restaurant concept in Massachusetts, and in 2001 he had developed the Arizona Pizza system. By 2005, the chain was pursuing national ambitions.

Clifton Park planning officials on Wednesday will review plans for the 6,000-square-foot Arizona Pizza. Stevens did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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