Last year, John Gilleland and his partners were the first franchisees to sign on with the Pie Five Pizza chain. Since then, the Dallas-based company contracted to open more than 100 additional franchise units in 10 states, with more on the way.
Gilleland opened his first restaurant in Holladay’s Canyon Slope Square in Utah in April.
On Monday, October 21, Gilleland will open his second Pie Five in the greater Salt Lake City area, in the Quarry Bend Shopping Center in Sandy, Utah.
“When I first heard about Pie Five, I was convinced that it would be a huge success nationwide, as well as here in Utah,” Gilleland says. “Little did I know how quickly the concept would catch fire. I never get tired of watching customers come in for the first time and see how easy it is to create their own perfect pizza. Then, when they get to the register, they’re blown away by how quickly their pie is ready and how affordable it is. I know it won’t be long before I see them in here again!”
At Pie Five, guests can choose from more than a million combinations of pizzas and a variety of specialty pie choices prepared in less than five minutes on one of four crusts.
Prior to the official opening, the location in Sandy, Utah will host four private events to raise funds for the Utah Food Bank. Gilleland will present a check to representatives of the food bank during the grand opening ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on October 21. The Sandy Chamber of Commerce will also be on-hand for the official ribbon cutting.
“Utah Food Bank is incredibly grateful to Pie Five Pizza for supporting our mission of fighting hunger statewide,” says chief development officer Ginette Bott. “With one in five Utah kids unsure where their next meal will come from, Pie Five’s contributions will impact those kids just as already-strained family budgets are getting strained further with the holidays. Their support comes at a crucial time as we kick-start our Holiday Food Drive.”
With this opening, Pie Five Pizza will have two locations in Utah, 12 in Texas, and one each in Kansas and North Carolina. Total announced franchise restaurants under contract currently number 105 in Florida, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Texas, Utah, and Virginia.