Aussie Domino’s bites into Japan

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said Tuesday it is expanding into Asia, taking a 75 percent stake in the fast-food brand’s Japanese business for ¥12 billion.

The Brisbane-based company will acquire the interest in Domino’s Pizza Japan, Japan’s third-largest pizza delivery chain, by partnering with current owner Bain Capital Domino Hong Kong.

“The acquisition represents an exciting opportunity to leverage our proven track record of successfully growing the Domino’s network to deliver shareholder value,” said Don Meij, managing director and chief executive of the Australian business.

“Japan is a strategic location for DPE’s future expansion, providing access to a large market which is well suited to significant new store roll-outs and the relocation of stores to higher traffic locations with improved image and formats.”

The Australian business holds the master franchise rights for the Domino’s brand in Australia, New Zealand, France, Belgium, Monaco and the Netherlands, and is the largest franchisee for the brand in the world.