Andrew Scott, owner / CEO, Pita Pit

Andrew Scott
Editor's Note

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When Andrew Scott took on the challenge of buying a Pita Pit franchise in 2007 while he was still attending classes at the University of Ottawa, he had no idea that just over a decade later he would be expanding his franchise to four locations. 

Business was tough for Scott at the beginning, as he would spend all of his time outside of school working at the restaurant trying to increase revenues at the previously insolvent location. However, by 2013, he had more than doubled sales and has continued to ride the wave of success ever since. 

Despite facing leasing issues and having to change the location of one of his restaurants, Scott persevered and opened four Pita Pit restaurants across the city in five years. 

He has continued to innovate, creating a winter delivery program that doubled his revenue in two years. 

He also restructured the company’s HR, financial and operating systems to allow for future growth through an initiative he now calls LeaderShift – a program he teaches to other owners to help them scale up their business. 

Scott is committed to the advancement of the local business community and serves as a director on the Ottawa Board of Trade, and was the former chair of the Orléans Chamber of Commerce.