Pie Five

Pie Five Serves Up First Franchise Unit in Utah

Pie Five Pizza Co. announced its first franchised location is scheduled to open this month in Holladay, Utah.

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 in Holladay, a suburb of Salt Lake City.

How is Pie Five So Successful? Learn at Conference

Pie Five Pizza Co., a fast-casual concept, will be front and center at the 2013 Multi-Unit Franchising Conference (MUFC) on March 28 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Pizza Inn Holdings Inc. senior vice president and chief development officer Madison Jobe will take the stage to share insights into how concept Pizza Inn successfully launched Pie Five Pizza Co.

Pie Five Lands First Multiunit Agreement in Florida

Pie Five Pizza Co., a subsidiary of Pizza Inn Holdings, has awarded the first multiunit franchise agreement for Florida to develop 10 locations.

The deal with one of Florida’s most successful entrepreneurs, L. Gale Lemerand, will introduce the fast-casual brand to the state with aggressive growth plans for the Orlando, Gainesville, Melbourne, and Daytona markets.

Taste of Havana in New Pie Five LTO

Pie Five Pizza Co., a division of Pizza Inn Holdings Inc., added a Havana twist to its growing diverse menu with the introduction of its new limited-time offer, the Cuban Pie.

As the newest distinctive pie featured on the Pie Five menu, the Cuban Pie is handcrafted with tender pulled pork, deli sliced ham, a blend of Mozzarella and Provolone, a special mustard sauce, and topped with diced pickles. This limited-time offer is available now through February 17, at all eight Dallas-Fort Worth locations.

Pizza Inn Tabs Two New Executives

Pizza Inn Holdings Inc. announced the appointments of Flynn Dekker as chief marketing officer for Pizza Inn Inc. and Pie Five Pizza Co., and Chris Smith as vice president of operations for Pie Five.

“These are incredible individuals with impressive restaurant backgrounds at the highest levels for well-known chains,” says Randy Gier, CEO of Pizza Inn Holdings. “They join us at a monumental time for our company and will be great assets to our growing executive team as we champion our expanding business in the year ahead.”

Year of the Brand

In this last Brand New Perspectives of 2012, I’m breaking from my usual Q&A format to recap some of the most important brand developments in fast food this past year.

Despite the sluggish economy and uncertainty that typically accompanies election years, companies in our industry chose to make some of their boldest moves in 2012, and some exciting new chains took the stage. Here are my picks for the seven biggest brand stories of the year.

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