Pierce County's own The Rock pizza restaurant is expanding its reach.
The company, whose first location was in Tacoma and whose corporate offices are in Sumner, announced this week that it plans new locations in Anchorage and Dallas.
The new locations mark "the most significant period of expansion in the company's history," according to a news release. Two years ago, company founders Don Bellis and Jay Gigandet told The News Tribune they had signed a $30 million deal with Philadelphia financiers to take the restaurant national.
The Rock, a wood-fired pizza restaurant infused with rock 'n' roll, opened in downtown Tacoma in 1995. It now operates 11 locations in Washington; three in Alberta, Canada; three in Colorado and two in Oregon.
Opening dates for the newest locations:
- Anchorage, Alaska: Oct. 14, 2013
- Kennewick: January 2014
- Dallas/Fort Worth, three locations: spring 2014
- Orange County, Calif., four locations: 2014