Stoner’s Pizza Joint, a millennial-focused, quick-service pizza franchise, announced today that Bruce Levy of Chatham Foods & Dining LLC, has assumed ownership of its existing Jacksonville, Florida location, located at 11565 N. Main St. Additionally, Levy has signed a franchise development agreement to open two new restaurants in the state, targeting the greater Jacksonville area, as well as St. Augustine. This new agreement comes on the heels of the six-unit deal signed in Texas in Q4 2018 and further supports the brand’s plans to grow to 100 locations over the next five years.
Levy has extensive experience in restaurant operations and franchising, as well as commercial real estate and development. He has previously worked with Sonny’s BBQ, Sonic Drive-In and Blaze Pizza, in addition to owning his own concepts in South Florida and Puerto Rico. Day-to-day operations of his new Stoner’s Pizza Joint restaurants will be led by Dawson and Charlotte Robertson, who have been in the restaurant and hospitality industry for more than a decade.
“Having been in the industry for more than 40 years, I know a good opportunity when I see one, which is why I couldn’t pass up joining the Stoner’s brand,” says Levy. “The concept is edgy, offering fresh, quality food at great prices, and it appeals to a massive age demographic in the country today. I’m excited to kick off my partnership with the brand and look forward to bringing more Stoner’s locations to Florida soon.”
Founded in 2013, Stoner’s Pizza Joint was recently purchased by the experienced restaurateurs behind HHI Hospitality, which owns and operates several proprietary restaurant concepts in Hilton Head, South Carolina, including Charbar Company and ¡Holy Tequila!, among others. Partners Drew Ciccarelli and Nick Bergelt developed and launched Stoner’s Pizza Joint’s franchising program in July 2018 with the goal of growing the brand’s footprint to 100 locations by 2023. Currently, Stoner’s Pizza Joint has six corporate locations throughout Georgia and South Carolina with three more in development.
“An industry veteran like Bruce investing in our brand is a testament to Stoner’s simplistic business model, high ROI and operational excellence. As we remain on pace to open 100 stores over the next five years, we’re grateful to have such an experienced operator be part of our early growth story,” adds Nick Bergelt, chief concept officer of Stoner’s Pizza Joint.
Stoner’s Pizza Joint Jacksonville is located at 11565 N. Main St. Restaurant hours are Sunday – Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday – Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
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