Garlic Jim's Famous Gourmet Pizza® Named To Top Ten Fastest Growing Restaurant Chains List
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Garlic Jim's Famous Gourmet Pizza® Named To Top Ten Fastest Growing Restaurant Chains List

EVERETT, WA (JULY 2007) –Garlic Jim's Famous Gourmet Pizza®, the first and only "gourmet" carry out and delivery pizza chain, has been named as one of the Top Ten Fastest Growing Concepts for July, 2007 on RestaurantChains.net, in conjunction with the Food Service Report.. Candidate information is derived and calculated from a continual process of interviewing and verifying more than 7300 restaurant chain concepts, on a quarterly basis. Garlic Jim's was chosen based on ¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬their growth percentage from April through July and sits as number six of ten of the fastest growing restaurant chains within North America.

Nominees are measured based on a set of parameters that each restaurant chain must exhibit to be considered for the top ten list. The chain must be a unique brand within the U.S. and Canada and have reliable information available regarding units and activity. Furthermore, the chain must have at least three operating units but no greater then 50, and new growth must be at least four units.

"We are very honored to make the top ten fastest growing restaurant chain list," said Dwayne Northrop, chairman and CEO of Garlic Jim's. "We have put a lot of hard work and dedication into getting Garlic Jim's off the ground, and have experienced tremendous growth in the last year.We're excited to see continuing growth in the future as we move into new regions and open more stores."

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.

Francine Graham, research editor for Food Service Report and restaurantchains.net says, "for this research study we chose smaller restaurant chains so we can showcase the leading restaurants of tomorrow. Garlic Jim's is number six for this most recent top ten list due to their actual numeric growth amongst 6000 other growing concepts."

Beginning in 2004, Restaurantchains.net became the leading contact directory for the foodservice industry and publishes the quarterly list of top ten restaurant concepts. RestaurantChains.net covers only multi-unit and multi-concept chains. The information in RestaurantChains.net resides in a constantly updated database. To contact, call 914-591-4297 or visit online at RestaurantChains.net.

ABOUT GARLIC JIMS

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, roasted corn 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 40 open stores and a total of 104 franchises sold as of June 2007. In addition to current locations in Oregon, Arizona, California, Pennsylvania and Washington, Garlic Jim's has units 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 Web site at www.garlicjims.com, or call 866-918-jims (5467).

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