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Pizza Ranch Inks Franchise Agreement in Ottumwa

Midwest-based Restaurant Family Concept Offers New Dining Option for Ottumwa Residents

OTTUMWA, Iowa – (November 20, 2011) – Pizza Ranch has signed a franchise agreement with Curt and Sarah Hopkins to open a new location at 1791 Venture Drive in Ottumwa, Iowa. The new restaurant is currently under construction and is slated to open in March 2012.

The new Pizza Ranch is the second location that the Hopkins own in the area, joining an existing location at 1103 West Burlington in Fairfield, Iowa.

“We are thrilled to be opening our second Pizza Ranch restaurant in our hometown and invite the local community to share in our excitement,” said Curt, who previously made the transition from corporate America to entrepreneurship with opening his first restaurant. “Everyone will enjoy our one-of-a-kind dining environment, not to mention limitless menu offerings that provide something for everyone. We look forward to serving each of our guests fresh, great tasting food with unrivaled guest service.”

After many enjoyable visits to a nearby Pizza Ranch in Pella, Curt saw an opportunity to pursue his lifelong dream of opening a business alongside his wife. Pizza Ranch aligned with the Hopkins’ objectives to own a business that they could really feel passionate about and good about running. This led the Hopkins to open their first Pizza Ranch in Fairfield, IA, with plans to open another restaurant in their hometown in the future. These plans to open a restaurant in their hometown are now coming to fruition for this husband and wife team.

The new 5,112 square-foot restaurant will seat up to 208 guests in a comfortable dining atmosphere that mimics the Old West. A spacious community room is available for special group and community gatherings, serving as a social hub for friends, families, teams, church groups, and more. In addition to its popular dine-in buffet, Pizza Ranch will offer carry-out and delivery service for any of its distinct menu items.

“Our goal is for Pizza Ranch to become an integral part of the Ottumwa community, and the community room is a great place for groups to get together,” Curt added. “We look forward to partnering with our neighborhood schools, church groups and other local organizations and helping them raise money during special events.”

Menu items remain focused on traditional Pizza Ranch favorites, with recipes dating back to the company’s origins, in addition to new innovative feature pizzas and salads such as the Grape Caesar Salad and the California Pulled Pork Pizza. Pizza Ranch is also known for its legendary chicken, recognized by most as simply the “Country’s Best Chicken®.”

About Pizza Ranch
Pizza Ranch’s vision is “To glorify God by positively impacting the world we live in”. Founded in Hull, Iowa, in 1981 by Adrie Groeneweg, Pizza Ranch is a prominent regional restaurant chain that offers a wide selection of pizza, salad, chicken with hot mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables, potato wedges and desserts in a unique buffet-style environment. The brand’s great tasting food is also available through carry-out and delivery service. Currently, the company boasts nearly 160 locations throughout nine states in the Midwest and is currently executing an aggressive growth plan to more than double its presence in key U.S. markets. For more information about Pizza Ranch and available franchise opportunities, visit