Photo Release -- Pie Five Pizza Co. Expands to Florida
Fast-Casual Chain Awards 10-Unit Franchise Agreement to One of State's Most
Successful Entrepreneurs and Philanthropists
THE COLONY, Texas, March 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pie Five Pizza Co., a
subsidiary of Pizza Inn Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:PZZI), has awarded the first
multi-unit franchise agreement in the state of Florida. The deal with one of
Florida's most successful entrepreneurs, L. Gale Lemerand, will introduce the
fast-casual brand that was named a 2012 Hot Concept of the Year winner by
Nation's Restaurant News to the state with aggressive growth plans to develop
10 units across the Orlando, Gainesville, Melbourne and Daytona markets.
L. Gale Lemerand signs franchise
agreement with Randy Gier,
Left to Right: Randy Gier, CEO, L. Gale
Lemerand, Madison Jobe, Chief
A photo accompanying this release is available at
"One of the hottest concepts in America is coming to Florida," said Randy
Gier, CEO of Pie Five. "Pie Five is making a bold entry into the state with a
great business leader, and soon local residents will get a taste of our
award-winning pizza dining experience."
Lemerand is a sole owner or partner in 29 restaurants in Florida. They include
17 Stonewood Grill & Tavern restaurants, five Peach Valley Café locations,
four Houligan's sports bars, as well as Perkins Family Restaurant and Bakery,
a tapas restaurant called The Dish and Ormond Wine Company. He previously
owned one of the country's largest insulation companies that he sold to a
Fortune 200 company.
Also known as a prominent philanthropist, Lemerand is one of the biggest
donors to the University of Florida where a scholarship fund, the street to
Gator stadium, the athletic center, the football practice field and a number
of other gifts bear his name.
"Gale's success speaks volumes," Gier said, "not only for his national
business expertise and his impressive restaurant achievements, but also for
his community involvement. Pie Five is proud to be a part of Florida's future
with him leading that presence."
At Pie Five Pizza, guests can choose from more than a million combinations of
hand-crafted pizzas and a variety of specialty pie choices prepared in less
than five minutes on one of four crusts.
When Lemerand visited several Pie Five locations in Texas, he was ready to
bring the concept to Florida in a big way."I thought, 'How can you make a
really good pizza in five minutes?'" he said. "They've got it nailed. It's a
great pizza and a great product."
He was also impressed with Pie Five's infrastructure. "They have all the
staff, all the assets and all the knowledge of being in the pizza business for
so many years," Lemerand said.
With nine corporate-owned locations in Texas and multi-unit franchise
agreements for Utah and Charlotte-N.C., Florida joins the lineup in one of the
fastest-growing restaurant sectors.
Lemerand plans to open multiple locations in Florida to meet growing consumer
demand for fresh dining options and artisan pizzas in stylish environments
without the wait. He is looking at several potential sites to develop in both
cities and plans to announce the location of his first Pie Five restaurant in
the next 60 days.
About Pie Five Pizza Co.:
Pie Five is a subsidiary of Pizza Inn Holdings, Inc. headquartered in the
Dallas suburb of The Colony, Texas, Pizza Inn Holdings, Inc., is an owner,
franchisor and supplier of a system of restaurants operating domestically and
internationally. Pie Five Pizza Co. is a fast-casual concept offering
individual pizzas made to order and cooked in less than five minutes. Founded
in 1958, publicly traded Pizza Inn Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:PZZI) franchises
approximately 300 restaurants and directly owns and operates 13 restaurants.
For more information, please visit www.piefivepizza.com.
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