Our Franchisees

How our franchisees’ success is as easy as pie.

Dave Goebel, Kansas Market

Why did you decide to join the Pie Five Pizza brand?

We decided to join the Pie Five brand because following our due diligence in the fast-casual pizza space, we loved the simplicity and relevance of the concept, the quality of the franchisor management team and their commitment to both franchise and company growth, and the guest response to this very consistent, high quality, high value customer proposition.

What type of ongoing support do you get from corporate?

Our ongoing support from corporate is first class. It begins with the operating, training, and marketing support but extends to the accessibility and availability of the entire management team when we have a question, need support, or just a partner’s ear.

What do you think sets Pie Five Pizza apart from the competition?

It is the strength of the concept, the strength of the franchisor management team, and the impressive group of franchisees being added to the system that set Pie Five apart from the competition… along with a consistently great product and product innovation.

What do you enjoy most about owning a Pie Five Pizza franchise?

We most enjoy the growth potential, the strength of the financials, and hearing our guests’ everyday compliment our restaurants.

Where do you see the Pie Five Pizza brand going in the future and how do you think this will benefit you?

I see rapid but controlled expansion of Pie Five in the US. It’s as if the word is out about this great concept and there is no stopping it now. As we continue to gain greater brand recognition and “buzz” throughout the states, we all win!

What advice would you give someone thinking about investing in Pie Five Pizza?

For someone thinking of investing in Pie Five Pizza, I would say this is the premier concept in the fast casual pizza space. I would encourage them to be maniacally focused on hiring and training great team members and committing to only A/A+ real estate sites and to become good partners with their franchisor team.

Jeff Percey, Virginia Market

Why did you decide to join the Pie Five Pizza brand?

I felt that there was a huge hole in the fast-casual segment, and Pie Five perfectly fills the pizza void. Everyone loves pizza…I researched fast-casual pizza for many months and determined that Pie Five was the best option for the future. My wife and I felt very strongly about the leadership team and the direction they were planning on taking the brand. Most of the operational intricacies had already been worked through and the brand was ready to take the next step to grow via franchising. I also agree with the franchise development strategy of having franchisees own and develop entire markets.

What type of ongoing support do you get from corporate?

All levels of support are given, including marketing, operations, store opening, and training. I have been very pleased.

What do you think sets Pie Five Pizza apart from the competition?

Consistency. I believe the systems are in place to ensure the quality of the product and proper execution of the operation. The hiring philosophy and level of hospitality provided by the team are huge differentiators as well.

What do you enjoy most about owning a Pie Five Pizza franchise?

I am very proud of the entire experience that we provide our customers. The product, the look of the store, and the philosophy of hiring personalities that engage guests all lead to tremendously positive dining experiences and great feedback from customers!

Where do you see the Pie Five Pizza brand going in the future and how do you think this will benefit you?

I believe Pie Five will do what Chipotle has done for burritos and what Five Guys has done for burgers. So long as the system is held to first-class consistency standards, we will benefit on several fronts. We will have brand recognition and incredibly profitable restaurants. As a stockholder, I will also benefit from the climbing share price of PZZI.

What advice would you give someone thinking about investing in Pie Five Pizza?

If they are looking for the next big thing in fast casual, Pie Five is it. I would stress to them that they be patient with real estate and be smart with site selection. I would encourage them to be heavily involved operationally and support their community. However, if they are NOT truly operationally savvy, I would discourage them from their pursuit of becoming a franchisee, as they would only be a detriment to the brand.

Rich Davis, Tennessee Market

Why did you decide to join the Pie Five Pizza brand?

From the first moment I walked into the Pie Five in Frisco, TX, in August of 2013, I was immediately intrigued by the functionality of the layout, simplicity of the concept, and quality of the product that I experienced that day. I actually visited the store just to have a lunch and left about an hour later with a vision of bringing the Pie Five concept to Nashville, TN. I had owned and operated several delis before, but had never really come across a concept that was compelling enough to really consider buying an entire market territory. But, the more I looked into the idea, the more I believed Pie Five Pizza is right in the sweet spot of what the market is looking for.

What type of ongoing support do you get from corporate?

The support from day one has been great. I have never once been unable to get a question answered or some feedback on anything I need. The people who run the organization have been extremely professional and responsive from top to bottom. From site selection, construction, training, and marketing, it has all been pretty seamless with great communication.

What do you think sets Pie Five Pizza apart from the competition?

Obviously, there are others looking to break through in the fast-casual pizza sector, but I think Pie Five has the right formula. The process is simple and repeatable in terms of preparation and cooking methodology, the product is varied enough but focused at the same time, and the culture and image that Pie Five has crafted is at a very high level. Additionally, the one price for all pizzas is proving to be a great offer that everyone likes.

What do you enjoy most about owning a Pie Five Pizza franchise?

Well, we actually open our first store in Nashville in early July so that is hard to say right now, but so far it has been an enjoyable and smooth experience to date. Ask me this in six months.

Where do you see the Pie Five Pizza brand going in the future and how do you think this will benefit you?

From what I am seeing, there is nowhere to go but straight up. It seems like every month there is a new entrepreneurial group taking on a market for expansion. I think the national momentum and exposure the brand is experiencing will help all of the franchisees as we grow our business. The fact that Corporate is also expanding into their own markets and have “skin in the game” is a big statement to me as well. I think the future looks bright, and I am excited to watch it unfold.

What advice would you give someone thinking about investing in Pie Five Pizza?

Come experience the product, hang out in a store and watch the flow, the customers, the process, and I think you have to be impressed with the concept and that the public loves what Pie Five is delivering – great custom pizzas in five minutes at one fixed price. Developing, opening, and operating a food service business takes a lot of work and execution as well as risk of capital, but I believe Pie Five has all the signs of a winner from the financial percentages and cost as well as the image and product. There are many investment opportunities in the food sector, but Pie Five has to be on anyone’s short list.

Gale Lemerand, Orlando Market

Why did you decide to join the Pie Five Pizza brand?

I did a lot of research into the fast-casual pizza market. It impressed me that Pie Five had received The Hot Concept Award.

What type of ongoing support do you get from corporate?

Corporate provides a lot of beneficial, ongoing support for everything from training, site selection, purchasing, and marketing.

What do you think sets Pie Five Pizza apart from the competition?

Pie Five is unique because it’s a public company with a significant history in the pizza business. The company’s infrastructure is also a true differentiator.

What do you enjoy most about owning a Pie Five Pizza franchise?

There are lots of advantages to owning a Pie Five Pizza franchise, but what I value most is that it is a ground floor growth opportunity.

Where do you see the Pie Five Pizza brand going in the future and how do you think this will benefit you?

The expansive growth of Pie Five nationally and eventually internationally is of great interest. As a stockholder, I see the real value of this expansion – the more stores, the better for brand awareness.

What advice would you give someone thinking about investing in Pie Five Pizza?

The infrastructure is solid. Make sure you partner it with very strong store level management.

Alyse Cohen, DC Market

Why did you decide to join the Pie Five Pizza brand?

Fast-casual pizza is showing the largest growth in the restaurant segment, and fast casual has been taking market share from casual dining for years as it provides high quality food more efficiently and
at a better price. I decided to join Pie Five because I wanted to be part of a winning combination – a hot market segment and a successful, fast-growing brand. As the most consumed food product in the world, pizza appeals to everyone – even those with gluten allergies, as Pie Five offers a gluten-free product that is delicious. I specifically chose Pie Five because their product tastes the best and has a range of toppings that accommodate all eaters – from those who prefer gourmet-style pizzas to those who like plain cheese. I also found Pie Five to have the strongest corporate team and operating systems in place. Pie Five provides an all-around winning recipe.

What type of ongoing support do you get from corporate?

From start to finish, the support could not be better. The real estate team has been very helpful in vetting sites as well as speaking with landlords on my behalf. Followed by the construction team who arranges weekly calls before the opening to ensure you are keeping up with the work-back schedule. Then, the onsite preopening training crew comes for two weeks to ready the staff for the opening. Lastly, the ongoing help from marketing promises to establish a strong brand name.

What do you think sets Pie Five Pizza apart from the competition?

Pie Five distinguishes itself in the fast-casual pizza niche by offering a better, more consistent product than its competitors. Prior to analyzing operations, systems, or the corporate team, I was mostly impressed with the food! It tasted great and offered a wide variety of toppings. Quality ingredients are paramount to me. Pie Five has not only fresh dough and vegetables, but also all-natural meats and cheeses.

Beyond the menu, I found Pie Five to deliver the most consistent pie. Wood-fired ovens although beautiful to look at, do not deliver a thoroughly baked pizza each time. On the contrary, they are highly inconsistent. Pie Five’s oven never has this issue.

The oven also allows for incredible throughput. There is no clustering of customers at the end of the line. Instead, everyone pays and walks away with a pizza creating a natural flow to the restaurant.

What do you enjoy most about owning a Pie Five Pizza franchise?

In a hectic and often disorganized culture of restaurant ownership, the corporate team has made the start-up experience streamlined and easy to follow. Additionally, I’ve found the Pie Five team great to work with, understanding of franchisee’s demands, and highly responsive.

Where do you see the Pie Five Pizza brand going in the future and how do you think this will benefit you?

Pie Five truly has the ability to become the leader in the fast-casual pizza marketplace. As Pie Five works to upgrade the menu items to reflect the all-natural, fresh ingredient profile they have already established, the taste will only get better. Furthermore, Pie Five is adding technologically savvy apps and ordering processes to enhance the customer experience. These changes reflect Pie Five’s ability to adapt and evolve in an ever-changing restaurant environment.

What advice would you give someone thinking about investing in Pie Five Pizza?

The best advice is to explore all options available not only in fast casual pizza but also in the fast-casual dining genre. That is the only way to know to narrow the field down to pizza. Once pizza is the established choice, find a greater operator, someone who you can feel confident in his or her capabilities. Training for that person is crucial. I firmly believe spending the 15 shifts in Dallas is worth every minute. I completed the training program and could not believe all the knowledge I walked away with.