Firenza Pizza going to Kansas City

Firenza Pizza is set to open its first Kansas City, Missouri, restaurant Tuesday in the Shops At Boardwalk at 8624 N. Boardwalk Ave., according to a company press release.
The 2,400 square-foot restaurant will celebrate its grand opening Nov. 14-18 by giving away free pizzas to those who make a $2 donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or the Northland Sports Alliance. In addition, the first 10 people in line on Nov. 17 and Nov. 18 will get free pizza for a year, according to a company press release.

"We have something for everyone to enjoy, and we look forward to becoming the go-to fast-casual pizza in Kansas City," Jennifer Gardner, who will own and operate the restaurant with her daughter, Mel Ginther, said in the release.
The women believe in giving back to the community and those who have supported them, which is why they chose Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Northland Sports Alliance to partner with on their grand opening.
In 2008, Jennifer's husband, Chris Gardner, was diagnosed with Stage IV follicular lymphoma. After going through two bone marrow transplants, he no longer has Lymphoma but deals with the continuing effects of his transplant. 

He has virtually no immune system and has been diagnosed with other types of cancer. Looking for an opportunity that would eliminate Jennifer's hectic work-related travel so she could take care of Chris, Mel approached her parents with the idea of opening a pizza restaurant. After learning more about Firenza's commitment to local communities and quality they knew it would be a good fit.
"I am so thankful for the opportunity, and like watching my children get married and the birth of our new granddaughter, Firenza has given me something else to live for. While I can't work in the restaurant, I work on the restaurant daily. I am managing construction and purchasing of equipment and supplies," Chris Gardner said.   
The Gardner's connection to Northland Alliance Sports comes from the lessons and opportunities that Mel got while playing soccer. She is a former team member of Park University's soccer team. The donations raised on behalf of NAS will help disadvantaged children take advantage of the organization's many beneficial programs, according to the release.

Topics: Franchising & Growth, Social Responsibility

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