June 25, 2010 // Franchising.com // Orange City, Iowa - As the old saying goes..."if the shoe fits..." And that's just the case for Brandon, South Dakota's 70-plus crew members, who will soon be sporting new, custom-made Nike shoes, valued at $125 each, as the winners of this year's Pizza Ranch "Crew of the Year" award.
Pizza Ranch, the Midwest's legendary buffet chain featuring innovative pizzas, fresh salads, and the Country's Best ChickenÂ®, named the Brandon "ranch hands" the "Crew of the Year" at the company's recent convention in Wisconsin Dells, Wis. With the honor, Pizza Ranch is investing nearly $10,000 in the crew through the purchase of Pizza Ranch-branded Nike shoes.
"The Brandon restaurant's crew consistently demonstrates our motto to 'Be Legendary' with their selflessness, extraordinary guest service, and exceptional food," said Adrie Groeneweg, co-founder and president of Pizza Ranch, Inc. "The 'Crew of the Year' honor shows our sincere appreciation for their outstanding effort."
More practical than a plaque or medal, the shiny new shoes can be worn proudly while at work or away from Brandon's Pizza Ranch restaurant.
The location's crew members and managers have shaped the restaurant into a favorite for local families, school groups and other community organizations during Pizza Ranch's 20-plus years in Brandon. In addition, the business has cemented itself as a community ally, becoming involved in several local neighborhood organizations and events.
"Commitment, attitude and awareness are just some of the many positive qualities that our crew brings to the table each day," said Darrell Vander Esch, co-owner of Brandon's Pizza Ranch. "Our team members have made a commitment to each other and to every guest that walks through the door - and it shows."
A panel of judges reviewed nominations from Pizza Ranch locations contending for the award. The Brandon location's crew was chosen from a collection of strong candidates for the "Crew of the Year" award.
Regularly one of the top performing restaurants in the Pizza Ranch chain, the Brandon store noted several measured improvements on its nomination form for the award, including: comment card scores, secret shopper scores, employee survey results and store evaluations.
Pizza Ranch in Brandon is open for lunch and dinner Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The restaurant is located at 202 Splitrock Boulevard and can be contacted at (605) 582-6322.
Pizza Ranch's vision is "To glorify God by positively impacting the world we live in". Founded in Hull, Iowa, in 1981 by Adrie Groeneweg, Pizza Ranch is a prominent regional restaurant chain that offers a wide selection of pizza, salad, chicken with hot mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables, potato wedges, and desserts in a unique buffet-style environment. The brand's great-tasting food is also available through carry-out and delivery service. Currently, the company boasts 150 locations throughout nine states in the Midwest and is currently executing an aggressive growth plan to more than double its presence in key U.S. markets.