It’s probably fair to say that all businesses have a story, but the story of Santa’s Pizza is a particularly interesting one…
It all began in 1990 when a misheard couple of words between the former owner and a signage company accidentally began the brand. After ordering what he thought was a sign that said “Pizza Centre”, due to his accent being American after spending some years living in the States, the sign arrived saying “Pizza Santa”. Begrudgingly, the owner decided to stick with the name.
Current owner, Ishrat, had heard from his brother about a job becoming available there as a delivery driver. During this time, Ishrat was studying at university and wanted some extra cash. He ended up taking the job, but it quickly changed from being just a delivery guy, and into him being a bit of an all-rounder at the Burnley-based shop - the only one at that time.
Ishrat’s rise within the business was somewhat meteoric, with him doing regular stints as a manager with the then-owner deciding to leave England.
The owner decided to leave England and move to the Middle East, giving Ishrat the opportunity to buy the business. It took some real convincing for Ishrat’s family to provide him with a bit of money to secure the shop, as they’d expected him to have more of a “shirt & tie” job after leaving university.
Since purchasing the one shop in Burnley as “Pizza Santa”, Ishrat changed the name to Santa’s Pizza and the Burnley store fast-became one of the most popular takeaways in the town, known for its consistency and fast delivery times. Since then, the brand has grown stronger and stronger, to now having six stores across Lancashire.
Santa’s has won multiple awards over the years, including ‘Takeaway of the Year England’ in 2015, and regularly donates to charities across the North West. We’re proud to be associated with a business that works as hard as its inTouch system does on a Friday night (8 orders a minute - seriously!)