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Personal Gourmet Pizza Actively Builds A Wise Family

WisePies Pizza & Salad, a family pizza joint, today announced the launch of national franchising opportunities focusing on Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Nevada.
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Updated: Dec 9, 2014
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Personal Gourmet Pizza Actively Builds A Wise Family


WisePies Pizza & Salad expands into the Southwest Region To Include 5 States


Albuquerque, NM – December 9, 2014 – WisePies Pizza & Salad, a family pizza joint, today announced the launch of national franchising opportunities focusing on Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Nevada. WisePies Pizza & Salad opened its first store on January 18, 2014, currently has three stores and is forecasting the construction of more than 20 additional stores for 2015 in the Southwest region. To open a new WisePies Pizza & Salad restaurant, there is a franchise fee of $35,000 and investors need to have $150,000 in liquid assets. These requirements do not reflect the total investment needed which varies based on the market, store location and restaurant features.


The first franchisee for WisePies Pizza & Salad, Ken Otteni, is a long-time Albuquerque resident and successful, local business man. Otteni states, “When I saw the first WisePies Pizza & Salad in action last January, I was impressed with the concept and loved the idea of owning my own family pizza joint. I am proud to be part of a company that maintains such a strong commitment to the fundamentals of their development.” Otteni opened his first WisePies Pizza & Salad restaurant on his birthday, July 14, 2014, at 6261 Riverside Plaza Lane on the northeast corner of Coors and Montano near Defined Fitness.


As announced on December 1, 2014, WisePies Pizza & Salad solidified their commitment to the community and foundational company growth by making national headlines from securing the naming rights to The University of New Mexico’s University Arena now called WisePies Arena and nicknamed The Pit.


On the recent naming rights news, Otteni added, “I am thrilled to see a strong dedication to the growth and longevity of this company. When I signed on to be the first franchisee for WisePies Pizza & Salad, I had no idea that this opportunity would become so grand. I am a University of New Mexico graduate AND a veteran Lobo basketball player. I think the Lobo spirit has been infused into our pizzas since day one!”


“The growth plan for our company is extraordinary. I anticipate opening more than 20 stores next year, so we are going to be very busy,” stated Clyde Harrington, WisePies Pizza & Salad VP of Franchise Development. “To grow this quickly and in an efficient, productive way is a challenge. With our dedicated executive team, strong corporate foundation and sound franchisee base, I am confident we will

achieve and exceed our growth goals.” Harrington added, ”We are creating jobs with each store that opens. As we grow, it continues to strengthen the economic impact to the areas we serve.”

WisePies Pizza & Salad is a fast, casual restaurant designed to support busy, modern families that are looking to satisfy the tastes of every member of the household quickly and on a budget. They create 9” personal gourmet pizzas & fresh salads custom to each visitor in under 5 minutes from start to finish. Pizza crusts, sauces, toppings and signature salads are prepared and delivered fresh to each store daily.


This is a home-grown concept that has strategically planned company development and operational needs to support local suppliers including equipment, food and beverage supplies and general contractor services to name a few.




WisePies Pizza & Salad, a family pizza joint, was founded and is owned by long-time New Mexico resident, Michael Baird and New Mexico Native, Steven B. Chavez. In addition to build-your-own pizzas and salads, The La Cosa Nostra menu, meaning “This thing of ours,” is comprised of 8, pre-designed pizzas created by the chefs at the award-winning Vernon’s Hidden Valley Steakhouse in Albuquerque, New Mexico. WisePies offers the more health conscious guest many WiseChoices like traditional, thin, whole-wheat and gluten-free crust along with freshly made salads and 30+ delectable toppings that allow our guests to create their very own WisePie or WiseSalad.

The WisePies Pizza & Salad crew warmly recognizes every visitor as a part of the family as they enjoy the best pizza, salad, dessert and service available. With an invitation for everyone to walk through the build-your-own pizza or salad process, the quality and personalization is unmatched with a budget-friendly price point that keeps guests coming back time and time again. We are supporting busy, modern families with quick, affordable options that not only meet healthy standards, but make each member of the family happy with the choices available. WisePies Pizza & Salad is headquartered in Albuquerque, NM. © 2014 WisePies USA, LLC.

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