LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – U.S. Pizza, the 46-year-old local chain based in Little Rock, expects to open its first out-of-state location soon in Texarkana, Texas.

Drew Weber, U.S. Pizza’s chief operating officer, says the 4,500 square-foot restaurant will employ 50 to 55 people.

U.S. Pizza opened it’s a franchise last summer in Jonesboro. The Texas shop will bring U.S. Pizza’s locations, either franchisees or licensees, to 16.

It's scheduled to open in late February or early March.

Company sales hit $18 million last year.