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Beer Heroes: Father & Son Franchisee Duo

Paul and Michael Childers, the father/son franchisee team in Savannah, GA are some of Your Pie’s earliest adopters and have been Craft Beer advocates from day one. They made the decision to join the Your Pie family after visiting Athens in December of 2009, and opened Savannah Downtown in 2010 and Savannah Sandfly in 2011. Last year they took the plunge with Store Number 3 in Pooler, GA last year and they anticipate a fourth store by 2019.

The duo’s success is primarily attributed to their Food First mentality, one of Your Pie’s Core Values, that will eventually lead them to open a fourth store.

“To us, Food First means that there are no exceptions for the quality of product that you put out. It’s about having the right ingredients, and making each pizza up to standard every time if it doesn’t meet the standard then it needs to go. Teaching that, explaining that, is one of the most important things we do here: the team member should be in the mindset that every pizza we make should be up to par.” according to Michael.

Michael and Paul have been in the Your Pie family since day one and are huge advocates for innovation in the franchise. “From my perspective, it has always been about the food. If it didn’t taste good we wouldn’t have gotten into this brand at the very beginning. On our first visit, we were won over once we walked inside, tasted the food, and saw the interior and the people. Never mind what we do with all our fancy marketing and brand presentation and all that, if the food sucks, that stuff doesn’t matter,” said Paul.




Award Winning Craft Pizza Returns to Your Pie

Your Pie announced the return of its award-winning Craft Series offering, the Peach Prosciutto Pie, now available through August 8.

The pie features a base of fresh olive oil and creamy ricotta, topped with savory prosciutto and a blend of mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.

The rich flavors are then topped with fresh peaches and baked to perfection in Your Pie’s signature brick oven. After baking, the pie is finished with fresh basil and a house-made Honey Balsamic Glaze. Like all Your Pie pizzas, the Peach Prosciutto is made with hand-tossed dough, fresh ingredients and baked to order in a brick oven, per Italian tradition.

The savory-sweet earned Your Pie Founder Drew French a spot on the United States Pizza Team, where he competed at the 2016 World Pizza Championship in Parma, Italy. In Summer 2017, the Pie was named one of America’s Most Innovative Menu Items by QSR Magazine.

Read the full story here.




Chattanooga: Now Open!

The Your Pie Family welcomes father-and-son team Himanshu and Harshil Patel who opened the latest Your Pie restaurant in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Friday, April 13th.

Your Pie Chattanooga is the first location for Harshil Patel, who looks forward to introducing the community to a new way to experience pizza.

“I previously worked as a financial analyst but always dreamed of owning my own business here in Chattanooga,” said Patel. “After researching several different franchise opportunities, I found that none compared to the quality of product and people at Your Pie. The support system is incredible, and the food is absolutely unparalleled. We are excited to create a fun, family-friendly atmosphere that fosters connection and encourages community, all while enjoying delicious, customized pizza, salad and paninis.”

Prior to its official grand opening, Your Pie Chattanooga raised $2,200 during their ‘Dine and Donate’ events on April 9, 10 and 11. During each shift, the restaurant served free pizzas for up to 200 registered guests and collected monetary donations on behalf of Westview Elementary School PTA. Find the most up to date information about ‘Dine and Donate’ and Your Pie Chattanooga events on Facebook.

Welcome to the family, Himanshu and Harshil!

Read more about the Chattanooga grand opening at The Chattanoogan and Times Free Press.




Your Pie Franchising First Quarter Update

ATLANTA—April 16, 2018—​Your Pie, the original fast casual pizza brand, announced significant growth for the first quarter of 2018, boasting a total of five new stores across the U.S. These first quarter additions bring the brand’s total footprint to 53 locations across 18 states.

Between January 1 and March 31, Your Pie launched in three new markets: Nashville, Tennessee; Wilmington, North Carolina; and Houma, Louisiana. The brand also expanded in Augusta, Georgia and Raleigh, North Carolina.

On March 14, Your Pie celebrated its 10th annual Pi(e) Day event at stores nationwide. The 2018 theme was “Out of This World,” and the brand launched a pizza into space to celebrate a decade of Pi(e) Day. Across more than 50 locations from California to Florida, Your Pie served $3.14 pizzas to more than 45,000 customers. Additionally, each store awarded free pizza for a year to one lucky customer, and one grand prize winner received a GoPro Karma Drone and GoPro HERO6 camera.

Other first quarter milestones included two new additions to the corporate leadership team in Athens, Georgia. Trevor Jorgensen was named a franchise support manager and will help to ensure that franchise locations across the country are equipped to provide the best possible experience for guests. Trevor joined the Your Pie Family in 2013 and has served as General Manager at Your Pie Jacksonville since 2017.

Chris Biesiadecki also joined the team as a franchise support manager and will oversee
corporate Your Pie locations, team member training and professional development programs. Biesiadecki brings 10 years of corporate accounting experience, in addition to six years in the food service industry with Chick-fil-A.

“We have a vision to see Your Pie expand its reach and serve customers in every corner of the U.S.,” said Drew French, Your Pie founder and president. “We attribute our strong and steady growth to our dedication to craftsmanship, customer service and close knit culture. We’re very proud of the team we’ve built, the products we serve and our commitment to creating shareable experiences in each of the communities we call home.”

Between April 1 and June 30, Your Pie expects to open four to six stores in new markets including Chattanooga, Tennessee; Fayetteville, Georgia; Gloucester, Virginia; Richmond, Virginia; and St. Augustine, Florida. The brand aims to have 75 stores in operation by the end of 2018. More information on Your Pie franchising can be found at http://franchise.yourpie.com.

Your Pie was founded in 2008 by culinary entrepreneur Drew French, who aimed to create a first-of-its-kind restaurant concept offering high quality, brick-oven pizza at incredible speed. While family recipes and Italian culture helped lay the foundation for its processes and exceptional quality, Your Pie has continued to build upon this foundation with new ingredients, innovative recipes and endless choices to create a pizza experience with traditional roots, but a flair all its own.




Fast Casual: International Women’s Day: Q&A with 25 female execs

In celebration of International Women’s Day — March 8 — FastCasual interviewed 25 of the industry’s leading ladies to develop their second annual “Women in the Lead” series.

Each woman shared how she got her start in the restaurant industry, how she worked her way up in a male-dominated field and what guidance she would give to other aspiring female leaders.

Read Natalie French’s, co-Founder of Your Pie, advice and guidance here!

Happy International Women’s Day and International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month.




Fast Casual: How 1 couple’s love story was the catalyst to a thriving pizza business

During their honeymoon in Italy, high school sweethearts Drew and Natalie French were inspired to create Your Pie. Drew and Natalie fell in love with the hospitality, landscapes, and food found on the island of Ischia where Natalie’s extended family lives. While visiting, family members had brick ovens their backyards and would bake personal sized pizzas with fresh ingredients and smoky, earthy flavors everyday.

“Sitting beside family members on a warm summer evening, we had our ‘aha’ moment. We realized that good, authentic pizza could be done fast and could be done individually. These aspects, combined with an atmosphere of community and relational culture, are what propelled Drew and me to develop Your Pie.”, said French.

Italian culture is embedded in the Your Pie experience today. Your Pie strives for all guests to feel like family at Your Pie. The product, an individual and customized pizza, is reminiscent of the pizza Drew and Natalie experienced while in Italy. Hand-tossed dough, house-made sauces and cooking each pizza in a brick oven adds operational complexity, but the end product is worth it when a customer mentions that it is the best pizza they have ever had.

“Your Pie is so much more than a fast casual pizza joint; it’s an extension of us, our family and the experiences that inspire us. I will never forget how my aunts, uncles and cousins in Ischia made us feel right at home in those first days as husband and wife. Now, we strive to do the same in our 54 restaurants across the country.”

Read the full story here.




See How Your Pie Is Changing The Way You Eat Pizza

Your Pie was just featured in Franchise King!

See How Your Pie Is Changing The Way You Eat Pizza




The Franchise Team

Bucky Cook our CEO was recently published in franchising-today!

Here is the article – Franchising-Today




Your Pie Listens To Franchisee Feedback To Move The Brand Forward In The Right Direction

Your Pie knows that the secret to success often lies in the opinions of its franchisees. After all, they’re the ones engrained in the local communities, experiencing firsthand what works—and what doesn’t work—when it comes to Your Pie’s daily operations.

For that reason, Your Pie has come to value the insight produced from its Franchise Advisory Board. Founded in 2012—a short four years after Your Pie’s founding—the group’s purpose is to help the growing brand move forward in the best direction possible. This is achieved by regularly meeting with and listening to some of the brand’s top-performing franchisees.

“As the brand grew over the years, we realized it was important to get franchise owners involved in the evolution of the brand. By the time we had eight to 10 stores in the Your Pie system, we decided to pick four franchisees to help us out,” said Bucky Cook, the chief executive officer of franchising for Your Pie. “In my past experience, I’ve seen how valuable bringing the best and brightest franchisees together can be for a brand.”

According to Cook, Your Pie uses its Franchise Advisory Board as a sounding board of sorts. Franchisees can come to the brand’s executive team and voice their opinions, their likes and their dislikes. They’re also free to provide insight on where they’d like to see Your Pie go in the years to come.

“Many companies are very top down when it comes to their management. But at Your Pie, we want our franchisees to help us make decisions. We won’t do anything without their buy-in—it’s our job to lead them, not force them,” Cook said. “This helps us understand how the franchise owner is thinking. From the executive perspective, we don’t always see things the way the owners do. They’re on the ground floor of the brand day in and day out, and they can offer a unique perspective that we might not otherwise experience. For that reason, they can help us sift through the good ideas and the bad—the high priority ideas to the lesser priority ideas. It’s important to commit time and resources as a brand to listening to the entire franchise community.”

To date, Your Pie has made several adjustments to their system because of the Franchise Advisory Board. From tedious details to making functional and operational changes, no idea is off limits. And so far, that input has gone a long way.

“We’ve looked at everything. From changes in the way our stores are laid out, to the way the model operates, we’ve made decisions based on the opinions of our experienced franchisees,” Cook said. “We have refocused our marketing and redirected marketing expenditures. These are all changes we wouldn’t have been able to implement without franchisee input. Simply put, having a Franchise Advisory Board is a mechanism we use to sort through priorities as viewed by the franchise owner and the community they’re in—and ultimately, that kind of information is invaluable to a brand’s long-term success.”




Your Pie Sees Room For Three Or Four New Locations Throughout Knoxville.

As Your Pie continues to take over the South with its unique down-the-line pizza concept, the brand has now turned their attention to their next up-and-coming home—Tennessee. With one location in Murfreesboro, Tennessee already, Your Pie has plans to open four more stores in the Nashville area this fall. Up next, the brand is adding Knoxville to its growing domain.

Year after year, Knoxville consistently ranks as one of the nation’s top cities to do business in. According to CNN Money, Knoxville’s business-friendly climate is due to the city’s lack of a state income tax and ease in obtaining a business license. But for Your Pie, one of the city’s biggest draws is its network of universities, which largely accounts for one of the brand’s biggest—and most important—demographics: college students. And that’s because everything Your Pie offers—from its high-quality, hand-made pizzas and unique collection of local craft beers to its commitment to authenticity and tradition—increasingly appeals strongly to younger generations.

“Knoxville is a market we’re intrigued by. It’s a university town, and also a good family town. We do well in Athens, Clemson and Murfreesboro thanks to the high concentration of universities, and we expect the same kind of success in Knoxville,” said Ken Caldwell, the vice president of development for Your Pie. “Your Pie was founded in a college town—so growing in communities like Knoxville is in our blood. But we found that we also do very well with families, day-time lunch crowds and business groups—they’re all a big part of our business, too. Anyone looking for a quick, healthy lunch will find Your Pie appealing.”

Your Pie’s growth throughout Tennessee comes as the brand continues to make a name for itself nationwide. With 33 stores in their system right now, Your Pie has another 49 new stores in development and an additional 80 licenses that have been sold. Caldwell believes that the brand will open 20 to 30 restaurants by the end of this year alone. Earlier this year, Your Pie also boasted an 8.86 percent same-store sales increase when compared to last year—a clear indicator that the brand’s customer loyalty is only growing.

According to Caldwell, Knoxville’s market can accommodate as many as three or four new stores. Now, the brand is looking for community-drive entrepreneurs to help lead the charge.

“In the end, it’s more important that we focus on growing the right way—not growing just to grow. That starts with our franchisees—our best ambassadors are the local guys who live and breathe their community,” Caldwell said. “Our success needs to be sustainable. We firmly believe that our dedication to quality food and quality service will continue to speak for itself—making Your Pie a brand that people will want to be a part of as we continue to expand our reach across the country.”




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