Pie Five Pizza to open near 21st and Rock
08/21/2014 10:29 AM
08/21/2014 1:19 PM
On the heels of opening his first Pie Five Pizza last Friday next to the Applebee’s at Maple and Ridge, Jim Stevens now has plans for a third Pie Five in the market.
It will be on the east side where Beauty First is closing near the southwest corner of 21st and Rock.
“It was always a good location for Applebee’s, and I think that HuHot does a good business there,” says Stevens, who is both a Pie Five and Applebee’s franchisee.
He moved his Applebee’s from that center to the Plazzio development at 13th and Greenwich earlier this year.
Stevens is now in talks with potential tenants for the former Appleebee’s space.
His second Pie Five is going to open at a new addition of NewMarket Square in early October.
The east-side Pie Five should open sometime in January.
The fast-casual restaurant’s diners walk through a line and pick their crust and sauce and create their own salads. Some especially hot pizza ovens bake the pizzas in four minutes.
Stevens says since he’s locating the latest Pie Five at 21st and Rock, he won’t necessarily be able to open another one on the east side anytime soon. He says the company likes to have high demographics for areas in which it locates.
“There’s a lot of visibility,” Stevens says of the corner he chose. “I think it’ll do real well there.”
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