Stoner’s Pizza Joint Announces New Ownership of Jacksonville Location and New Franchise Development Agreement for Two Restaurants
Seasoned Multi-Unit Restaurant Owner Spearheads the Quick-Service Pizza Franchise’s Growth in Florida
January 14, 2019 // Franchising.com // Charleston, S.C. - Stoner’s Pizza Joint, a millennial-focused, quick-service pizza franchise, announced today that Bruce Levy of Chatham Foods & Dining LLC, has assumed ownership of its existing Jacksonville, Florida location, located at 11565 N. Main St. Additionally, Levy has signed a franchise development agreement to open two new restaurants in the state, targeting the greater Jacksonville area, as well as St. Augustine. This new agreement comes on the heels of the six-unit deal signed in Texas in Q4 2018 and further supports the brand’s plans to grow to 100 locations over the next five years.
Levy has extensive experience in restaurant operations and franchising, as well as commercial real estate and development. He has previously worked with Sonny’s BBQ, Sonic Drive-In and Blaze Pizza, in addition to owning his own concepts in South Florida and Puerto Rico. Day-to-day operations of his new Stoner’s Pizza Joint restaurants will be led by Dawson and Charlotte Robertson, who have been in the restaurant and hospitality industry for more than a decade.
“Having been in the industry for more than 40 years, I know a good opportunity when I see one, which is why I couldn’t pass up joining the Stoner’s brand,” said Levy. “The concept is edgy, offering fresh, quality food at great prices, and it appeals to a massive age demographic in the country today. I’m excited to kick off my partnership with the brand and look forward to bringing more Stoner’s locations to Florida soon.”
Founded in 2013, Stoner’s Pizza Joint was recently purchased by the experienced restaurateurs behind HHI Hospitality, which owns and operates several proprietary restaurant concepts in Hilton Head, South Carolina, including Charbar Company and ¡Holy Tequila!, among others. Partners Drew Ciccarelli and Nick Bergelt developed and launched Stoner’s Pizza Joint’s franchising program in July 2018 with the goal of growing the brand’s footprint to 100 locations by 2023. Currently, Stoner’s Pizza Joint has six corporate locations throughout Georgia and South Carolina with three more in development.
“An industry veteran like Bruce investing in our brand is a testament to Stoner’s simplistic business model, high ROI and operational excellence. As we remain on pace to open 100 stores over the next five years, we’re grateful to have such an experienced operator be part of our early growth story,” added Nick Bergelt, chief concept officer of Stoner’s Pizza Joint.
Stoner’s Pizza Joint Jacksonville is located at 11565 N. Main St. Restaurant hours are Sunday – Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday – Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. For more information, visit https://www.stonerspizzajoint.com, or call 904-329-2066.
Stoner’s Pizza Joint features fresh, high quality non-GMO food prepared in-house daily with minimal production time, including proprietary recipes for the pizza dough, sauce, and cheese blend. Menu items are prepared in conveyor ovens that are heated by bricks to give the food the crisp taste of a brick oven, but with the speed and convenience of a conveyor oven. Menu items include a simple variety of specialty pizzas, calzones, strombolis, hickory-smoked chicken wings made daily in-house, freshly prepared salads, and fresh baked chocolate chip cookies.
Stoner’s Pizza Joint is currently seeking qualified franchisees to help the brand grow nationwide in college town markets, with a focus on the Southeast region. Prospective franchisees should have a minimum net worth of $250,000. The ideal candidate is a proven multi-unit operator in the restaurant industry and has a strong knowledge of their market. Stoner’s Pizza Joint’s Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) reveals an estimated initial investment range of $90,000 to $206,000 for the first location, including a franchise fee of $25,000. If franchisees chose to develop multiple units, the franchise fee for three units is $65,000 and, for five units, $95,000.
About Stoner’s Pizza Joint
Founded in 2013 and headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, Stoner’s Pizza Joint is a millennial-focused, quick-service pizza restaurant that uses high quality, fresh ingredients. The company offers a variety of specialty pizzas, hickory-smoked wings made daily in-house, salads, strombolis, and calzones. Today, Stoner’s Pizza Joint has grown to six corporate locations throughout Georgia and South Carolina with three more in development. For more information about Stoner’s Pizza Joint, visit www.stonerspizzajoint.com.
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