Garlic Jim's Famous Gourmet Pizza(R) Opens In The Woodlands, Texas

March 21, 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 the opening of their first Houston-area store in The Woodlands on Tuesday, March 18, 2008. The Woodlands store is located on Research Forest Drive in The Plazas of Alden Bridge Shopping Center next to Shipley's Doughnuts.

Franchisees David Howell and Michelle Cleary are excited about opening in The Woodlands. They are long-time residents and look forward to opening the first Houston-area store serving Garlic Jim's gourmet pizzas. "We are excited to bring Garlic Jim's Famous Gourmet Pizza to The Woodlands," says Howell, "We know the area is ready for the gourmet flavors and high quality ingredients of Garlic Jim's."

"I'm excited that David and Michelle are joining the Garlic Jim's family. They are valued partners in our continued expansion in Texas," says Dwayne Northrop, CEO, Garlic Jim's. "They'll be instrumental in introducing the 'Gourmet, Right Away!' difference of Garlic Jim's to folks in The Woodlands."

ABOUT GARLIC JIM'S

In the $33 billion dollar-a-year, highly competitive U.S. pizza industry, Garlic JimIn 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 ten states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee and Washington. 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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