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Roman's Pizza was founded in 1993 when Arthur Nicolakakis bought over a struggling Pizzeria. He had a vision to provide the best quality product at the lowest price. Our goal today is still to be the best value for money in the industry. Many have tried to imitate our concept but few have succeeded. We truly believe that we are the Best Pizza and offer the Best Value.

The Brand

Roman’s Pizza was founded by Arthur Nicolakakis in 1993 when he purchased a struggling pizza restaurant, with the intention of turning it around using his extensive knowledge and expertise. Soon after taking over the store, he realised the product was ridiculously over priced and instead of changing the price, he decided to rather keep the same price, but give two pizzas for the price of one. That is when Little Caesar’s came into being. As public demand grew for the competitively priced products, it lead to the opening of Little Caesar’s in other locations in Pretoria and surrounding areas. In 2002 Little Caesar’s underwent a name change which favourably lead to the “birth” of Roman’s Pizza. Since then the company has gone from strength to strength due to the franchisor’s hands-on approach.


At Roman’s Pizza we strive to provide the best quality meals at the best value for money. As founders of the 2 pizzas for 1 low price we have set an industry benchmark in terms of value for money. We offer the consumer a choice of either pan base (thick base), or traditional base (thin base) pizza. The company’s ambition is to offer consumers superior quality, affordable meals while ensuring that franchisees earn a return on their investment. On average, Roman’s Pizza record the highest sales per square metre in the industry. There is a combination of restaurants and takeaways as well as takeaways only, in the group. Our current focus is on setting up takeaways only, as they are far easier for franchisees to manage and for the franchisor to control. With the franchise growth and consumer demand for the products, the franchise has ever-increasing purchasing power with its suppliers.


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 and 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.

Are You Our Next Franchisee?

All our franchised stores are owner operated. A Roman’s Pizza franchisee must have the minimum unencumbered cash and the ability to borrow the balance. Franchisees must be passionate about their business, willing to dedicate the long hours required, display exceptional communication skills, willing to learn and must be capable of motivating their employees.


When It All Began


Arthur Nicolakakis

Year Established


1st Franchise Opened

Brand Network


Bonnie Cooper

Head Office


No. of Outlets


Available Opportunities

All areas in South Africa and some African countries. There are also opportunities to open Halaal stores.

FASA Membership

Investment (Excl. VAT)

Average set-up cost

R 2,3 million excluding VAT

Initial franchise fee

R 90 000 excluding VAT

Initial Working Capital

R 100 000

Minimum owners contribution

Franchise Terms

Management services fee

4% of monthly turnover

Marketing fee

4% of monthly turnover

Initial agreement term

5 Years

Renewal term

5 Years