Dallas-based Pie Five Pizza just expanded its piece of the pie. The brand known for artisan pizzas, handcrafted with farm fresh ingredients, and baked with lightning speed announced a new development deal with HCW Development that will add 25 locations in Branson and Springfield, Missouri; Tucson, Arizona; and Albuquerque, New Mexico. The first location is set to open next year in Branson, Missouri.
The newest Pie Five development deal is with franchise partners Rick Huffman and Sam Catanese of HCW Development, who own several hotels, restaurants, and developments in Branson and Phoenix. This new development deal follows multiunit deals recently announced in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Colorado, Kentucky, Indiana, Alabama, and Mississippi. This is in addition to company-owned expansion in Chicago, Houston, and Dallas-Fort Worth. Pie Five has grown from one location to 55 in less than four years. The growth rate for the past fiscal year alone reached almost 200 percent
“The Pie Five concept is on fire across the country—in large part because of experienced operators that really understand how to create great dining experiences for guests,” says Randy Gier, chief eating officer of Rave Restaurant Group Inc. “Rick and Sam make up a talented team and we’re all so excited to welcome them to the Pie Five family and look forward to bringing our unique brand of made-your-way artisan pizzas to their local communities.”
At Pie Five, guests can choose from more than a million combinations of farm-fresh ingredients, artisan sauces, and handcrafted crust variety. Pies bake in just 145 seconds in a custom-designed, state-of-the-art oven. By the time guests arrive at the register, their hot, bubbly, pizza perfection is ready. Additionally, they can add one of Pie Five’s freshly tossed handmade salads served in a baked pizza dough bowl or a decadent home-baked brownie or cookie pie to their meal. The rapidly expanding chain is capitalizing on growing consumer demand for fresh dining options and artisan pizzas in stylish environments without the wait.
“Pie Five is based on creating a custom experience for each guest and our development group is also very passionate about pairing individualized, leading-edge concepts to the communities we serve,” says Rick Huffman, CEO of HCW Development. “We look forward to partnering with Pie Five and their team to expand the leading fast casual pizza brand across country.”