Morgan and Lisa Maclellan fell in love with Your Pie after discovering the fast-casual pizza chain while attending the University of Georgia in 2008. The delectable pies the brand offered were one of the highlights of their many visits, but they enjoyed the comradery and atmosphere the brand presented.
After they graduated college in 2010, Morgan started working in claims and business analytics, and Lisa worked at the Arby’s corporate office as a product marketing manager. But the married couple was looking for a new industry to get into and decided to pursue their lifelong dream of owning a business. Pairing that dream with their passion for Your Pie, they opened their first franchise near Perimeter Mall in the Dunwoody neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia in 2015.
“I could tell that the people who worked at Your Pie loved serving the customers and that was something we were looking for in a franchise,” Morgan said. “We met with some other franchise concepts, but the Your Pie team was so passionate about what they were doing. It was contagious. We did our research and I knew it would be a challenging, yet profitable investment.”
The two work as a cohesive team, with Morgan running the main operations of the business and Lisa concentrates on the marketing and payroll. One of the key reasons why they decided to invest in the brand is because they wanted to provide their community with a better pizza option. Lisa said Your Pie’s training helped them understand the business aspects of running a franchise and it became clear to them they made the right decision.
“Serving the community was an important factor in our decision and we love bringing people together with food,” Lisa said. “We didn’t have experience in the food service industry before, but with the training Your Pie provided and the franchise framework, we were able to thrive.”
Lisa said they want their location to become a staple of the community and Your Pie has allowed them to do that. They have implemented a few of their own choices to help make the store their own, including weekly craft beer specials, trivia nights and Morgan even helped reconstruct their patio to help provide a more comfortable setting for customers.
Your Pie offers potential investors an unprecedented business opportunity. The brand supplies potential investors with a thorough training program to educate them about the business and a corporate staff that can help answer any questions they may have. Entrepreneurs can expect their investment to range from $311,750 to $475,105, excluding real estate. Your Pie offers potential franchisees the chance to invest in their future, be their own boss and be a part of a successful industry.
Morgan said the two have enjoyed their time with the brand and are now looking for a second location for another unit.
“As a franchise owner, every day is different and I never thought in my wildest dreams I’d be anchoring furniture or running a business,” Morgan said. “But there is a fun diversity that comes with owning your own business. Your Pie has been tremendous with helping us and we can’t thank them enough.”
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