April 01, 2013 // Franchising.com // THE COLONY, Texas – Pie Five Pizza Co. today announced its first franchised location is scheduled to open this month in Holladay, Utah.
Named a 2012 Hot Concept of the Year Award winner by Nation’s Restaurant News and recognized by Forbes as one of 10 hot new chains, Pie Five is redefining the pizza industry with fresh made-to-order pizzas and specialty pies topped just how guests want it with the freshest ingredients, and baked and ready to eat in five minutes.
Now, thanks to operator John Gilleland and his partners, Pie Five will open its first franchised location this month at 3158 East 6200 South in Holladay, a suburb of Salt Lake City. Gilleland first experienced Pie Five on a business trip to Dallas, and as an experienced restaurant operator he was immediately drawn to the concept’s convenient ordering platform and customizable menu.
“When I got home, I couldn’t get the Pie Five experience out of my mind. It was innovative and unlike any other pizza chain. The more research our team did, the more impressed we were with the concept and its accolades within the restaurant industry,” Gilleland said. “We are entrepreneurs at heart. When we learned Pie Five was getting ready to franchise across the country, we knew we wanted to get in on the ground floor and introduce Pie Five in Salt Lake City.”
Gilleland and his partners were awarded the first Pie Five multi-unit franchise agreement with plans to open an additional seven locations in Utah.
“John and his partners are the perfect team to open our first franchised location,” said Randy Gier, CEO of Pie Five. “They bring tremendous restaurant and operational experience, a solid business background, and share our vision for the future of the concept. We are proud to welcome them to the Pie Five family.”
Since the original Pie Five restaurant debuted in Fort Worth, Texas in 2011, the concept has expanded to nine corporate-owned restaurants across the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. In addition to this agreement, Pie Five recently awarded a multi-unit development agreement to veteran restaurateurs Michael Understein in North Carolina and Gale Lemerand in Florida.
Pie Five is a subsidiary of Pizza Inn Holdings, Inc. headquartered in the Dallas suburb of The Colony, Texas, Pizza Inn Holdings, Inc., is an owner, franchisor and supplier of a system of restaurants operating domestically and internationally. Pie Five Pizza Co. is a new fast-casual concept offering individual pizzas made to order and cooked in less than five minutes. Founded in 1958, publicly traded Pizza Inn Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:PZZI) franchises approximately 300 restaurants and directly owns and operates 13 restaurants. For more information, please visit www.piefivepizza.com
SOURCE Pizza Inn