Former Applebee's CEO signs on as Pie Five franchisee

April 9, 2013

The Kansas City, Mo., area will soon welcome its first Pie Five Pizza Co. restaurant through a 10-unit franchise agreement with former Applebee's president and CEO Dave Goebel.

Goebel, a restaurant veteran who served as an executive at Applebee's for seven years, will partner with his sons Kerry and Kevin to bring the Pie Five concept to the Kansas City area.

"We looked very carefully at several fast casual pizza concepts before making our decision," Goebel said. "Pie Five already has the franchise infrastructure and support system in place and this is our opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a concept that is rapidly expanding throughout the nation."

Goebel started in the restaurant industry almost 40 years ago after earning his undergraduate degree from University of Notre Dame and while working on his graduate degree from The Ohio State University. He has held high level executive positions at several chains, including vice president of Operations at Ground Round and chief operating officer and partner at Boston Market. Today, he also sits on the board of directors for Jack in the Box Inc.

Goebel also owns Prime Catering, and operates Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs and Y-Leave Café locations as a franchisee in Kansas City.

"I've been in this industry a long time, and I know a great brand when I see one. And Pie Five is not just great, it's revolutionary," Goebel said.

At Pie Five, customers create custom pizzas through a chute line. The pizzas are then baked to order and ready in 5 minutes.

With the addition of Goebel, Pie Five has signed development agreements in the last six months for 38 locations that will also take the chain to Utah, North Carolina and Florida.

"We are thrilled to welcome Dave, Kerry and Kevin to the Pie Five team," said Randy Gier, CEO of Pie Five. "Dave and our growing franchise network bring a multitude of experience and pedigree to Pie Five. As we build and operate corporate locations alongside our franchisees, we are poised to become one of the top brands in the restaurant industry."

The original Pie Five restaurant opened in Fort Worth, Texas, in 2011. It is a subsidiary of Pizza Inn Holdings Inc.

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Topics: Franchising & Growth, Operations Management, Pizza Inn

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