Papa Murphy’s Holdings Inc., the world’s leading take ’n’ bake pizza franchise, announced its 1,500th store opening in Goldsboro, North Carolina. This is the first Papa Murphy’s store in the Goldsboro area owned by new franchisee Rod Gumbish, formerly an Air Force squadron commander at the nearby Seymour Johnson Air Force base. To celebrate this significant milestone on Thursday, July 16, Papa Murphy’s is giving away 1,500 pizzas at 1500 hours (3 p.m.) at the Goldsboro location. The company will also host a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Mayor Al King.

“The opening of our 1,500th Papa Murphy’s store is a major milestone for the company and a testament that our unique take ‘n’ bake concept is a valuable brand worth investing in,” says Jayson Tipp, chief development officer and senior vice president of technology for Papa Murphy’s. “Our growth is due in large part to our dedicated franchise owners and employees who are committed to consistently delivering fresh, high-quality menu items and a great customer experience. We are enthusiastic about sharing this occasion with Goldsboro residents and Papa Murphy’s fans across the country as we expand our brand into existing and new markets.”

The first Goldsboro location features Papa Murphy’s innovative CREATE store design that highlights the fresh, high-quality ingredients, which are available daily on the make-line. The CREATE store format focuses on complete transparency and personalization, allowing customers to see their pizza as it’s created. An open layout showcases the scratch-made dough prep area, hand-chopped vegetable toppings, and freshly grated 100 percent whole-milk mozzarella cheese. The location features digital menuboards to enhance the customer experience and provide a resource for local messaging.

“We are thrilled to join the Goldsboro community and introduce Papa Murphy’s distinct take ‘n’ bake pizza and its mouthwatering flavors to the community,” says Rod Gumbish, franchise owner of Papa Murphy’s. “We welcome area residents to come join us today for a grand opening celebration as we look forward to providing a solution to the dinnertime dilemma for busy families on the go.”

Papa Murphy's is widely recognized for its dedication to providing great tasting, affordable and convenient fresh meal options that moms and dads can feel good about serving their family. Papa Murphy’s pizzas are completely customizable and guests can choose to top their favorite scratch-made crust, made in-store daily, with a wide variety of fresh, wholesome, ingredients. Guests take their pizza home and bake in their own oven for 12–18 minutes and serve hot for a delicious meal any day of the week.

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