Garlic Jim's Famous Gourmet Pizza(R) Opens First Tennessee Location

March 04, 2008 // Franchising.com // Everett, WA - Garlic Jim's Famous Gourmet Pizza, the first and only gourmet carry-out and delivery pizza chain, is proud to announce their first Tennessee store will open in Franklin on Tuesday, March 4, 2008. The Franklin store is located on Mallory Lane across from Centennial High School.

Franchisees Tom and Lisanne Jennings are looking forward to the opening of their first Tennessee store. "We are excited to bring Garlic Jim's to Franklin," says Jennings. "We know the area is ready for the gourmet flavors and highest quality ingredients that this concept brings to the table."

"We're thrilled to be expanding to Tennessee," says Dwayne Northrop, CEO, Garlic Jim's. "Our store in Franklin will be the first of many across Tennessee and adjoining states and we're delighted to be able to work with the Jennings' to make 'Gourmet, Right Away!' the new standard for pizza in Tennessee."

The Franklin store is located at 4115 Mallory Lane, Suite 212 in Franklin. It will be open every day from 11 am - 11 pm. For more information, contact the store directly at 615.791.5461.

ABOUT GARLIC JIM'S

In the $33 billion dollar-a-year, highly competitive U.S. pizza industry, 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 whole-milk mozzarella and fresh dough made daily. Garlic Jim's offers customers two crust choices; hand-thrown thick, made with parmesan cheese and buttermilk, or garlic thin; four cheese options: whole-milk mozzarella, cheddar, feta and grated parmesan; seven sauces: classic red, garlic basil, basil pesto, zesty chipotle pesto, creamy ranch, smokin' sweet BBQ or garlic-infused 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 Italian 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 52 open stores. Garlic Jim's is now in nine states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington, and has units under development in Tennessee. With projections of doubling in size in 2008, Garlic Jim's is sure to become the fastest growing gourmet pizza franchise in the country. In the September 2007 issue of Pizza Today Magazine, Garlic Jim's is named 96 on their Top 100 Companies list, an amazing number for the up and coming franchise. 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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