First Annual Garlic Jim's Famous Gourmet Pizza National Pizza Party Day A Huge Success
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First Annual Garlic Jim's Famous Gourmet Pizza National Pizza Party Day A Huge Success

The fastest growing gourmet pizza franchise, Garlic Jim's Famous Gourmet Pizza, is wrapping up their first annual "National Pizza Party Day" event which was held on May 18, 2007 with much success. Garlic Jim's hosted a drawing May 7-14 at www.pizzaweek.com for customers to sign up on-line to win a pizza party for a nominated teacher and classroom within the trade areas of EVERY store. With hundreds of nominations company-wide, over half of the parties in were held on National Pizza Party Day –and the remaining were scheduled to fit the classroom calendars of the teachers who won.

In conjunction with Chase's Calendar of Events, the most comprehensive and authoritative reference available on special events and worldwide holidays, this special day is now slated to be solely sponsored by Garlic Jim's every third Friday of May, nationwide, for years to come. With rapid on-going national growth, Garlic Jim's anticipates 2008 and each year thereafter to be a huge celebration.

"We're honored to have been chosen by Chase's Calendar of Events as the pizza franchise to celebrate 'National Pizza Party Day' in 2007 and beyond," says Dwayne Northrop, chairman and CEO, Garlic Jim's. "Garlic Jim's was overwhelmed with nominations for free pizza parties from hundreds of people who took the time to nominate their favorite teachers with thoughtful explanations of why these teachers were worthy of receiving a free pizza party for their classes."

For example, Marianne Roberts of Valencia, CA wrote:

I would like to nominate Mrs. Klepfer's 6th grade class at North Park Elementary School for the National Pizza Party Day. This class deserves an award for so many reasons. The most important one is that Mrs. Klepfer was diagnosed with cancer last year. This has made it very difficult on the entire class. Mrs. Klepfer is an awesome teacher and unselfishly gives her all to her class. The class has been through a lot of transformation while Mrs. Klepfer is receiving her treatments, but she still makes it to school to teach as often as possible.

Mrs. Kepler's class was chosen, and Joe Brown, owner of the Valencia Garlic Jim's talked to the staff at North Park Elementary and they scheduled the pizza party for a time when Mrs. Klepfer can join her class for the party.

As the number of Garlic Jim's increase in 2008, Garlic Jim's anticipates receiving more than double the amount of nominations they received in 2007. National Pizza Party Day will soon be a holiday known in every household nationwide. Calendars are already marked for National Pizza Party Day 2008 – beginning Friday, May 16. Details to follow!

ABOUT GARLIC JIMS

2007 has already been a busy year for Garlic Jim's. January 18, 2007, brought the announcement of a new 25-store sub-franchise agreement for the Denver, Colorado area. On February 6, 2007, Garlic Jim's opened their first franchise for the Golden state in Valencia, California. A week later, on February 13, the Lakewood, Washington location held their grand opening, joining an already prosperous Washington market. Tampa-based L&D Ventures announced a 100-store sub-franchise agreement for Florida and Puerto Rico on March 1, 2007, followed closely with the first Garlic Jim's bistro opening in the West Seattle Junction at the end of the same month. May brought the grand opening of the Snoqualmie, WA store and a new announcement that a sub-franchise agreement has been established with five southern states, Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama to open 49 stores, with the first opening November 2007.

Garlic Jim's Famous Gourmet Pizza is proud to be the first pizza franchise to focus on quick delivery pizza made fresh with gourmet toppings. Garlic Jim's in-store system and team member training allows them to make pizza in 15 minutes or less "from order to out the door," thus pioneering the concept "Gourmet, Right Away."

At Garlic Jim's the term 'gourmet' signifies more than just the finished pizza – it refers to the finest ingredients: fresh packed sauces, fresh 100% whole-milk mozzarella and fresh dough made daily, where the customer can certainly taste the difference. Garlic Jim's offers customers two crust choices; hand-thrown thick crust, made with parmesan cheese and buttermilk, or garlic thin; four cheese options: 100% whole-milk mozzarella, cheddar, feta and parmesan; seven sauces: classic red, garlic basil, basil pesto, zesty chipotle pesto, creamy ranch, smoky sweet BBQ or fresh basil and olive oil, and a variety of meats, vegetables and gourmet toppings such as roasted garlic, marinated artichoke hearts, corn salsa and sun-dried tomatoes.

With gourmet pizzas such as Nutty Chipotle™, zesty chipotle pesto topped with spicy sausage, pepperoni, red onions, tomatoes and cashews, Jim's Gourmet Garlic™, basil pesto sauce, marinated artichoke hearts, roasted garlic, sun-dried tomatoes and feta cheese, and Chicken Bacon Ranch, grilled chicken, bacon, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, red onions and creamy ranch sauce, Garlic Jim's is putting a new spin on pizza. "We've gone out of our way to source the best ingredients available to create our specialty pizzas and as a result we also have the best tasting pepperoni pizza you will ever find," says Northrop.

Garlic Jim's has grown from two open stores in 2004 to 36 open stores and 93 franchises sold in 2006. In addition to current locations in Oregon, Arizona, California, Pennsylvania and Washington, Garlic Jim's has stores under development in New Jersey, Colorado, Florida, Tennessee and Texas. With projections of doubling in size in 2007, Garlic Jim's is sure to become the fastest growing gourmet pizza franchise in the country. For more information on Garlic Jim's pizza and franchising, visit their website at www.garlicjims.com, or call 866-918-jims (5467).

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