Pizza Schmizza

Q&A with Pizza Schmizza, Ron Berger, Chairman/CEO

Ron discusses world domination and having fun while doing it.   

How was Pizza Schmizza originally conceived and started?

In 1993, Pizza Schmizza founder, Andre Jehan realized his destiny. Excited, he approached his father, Roger, with the good news. Roger quipped 'Pizza Schmizza - Get a real job!'.  The name stuck, and the rest is history.

Why should someone choose your Pizza Schmizza over another pizza franchise?

Ours is more fun! Schmizza restaurants are fun, happy places for both the staff and the guests.

What makes your industry attractive?

Pizza is one of the most popular foods, and our industry keeps on growing, as the varieties of pizza crusts, sauces, and toppings keeps growing.

What types of qualities do you look for in potential franchisees?

We look for people who love serving people, who are focused on giving customers great product and service.

What do your franchise fees and royalties cover?

Our franchise fees primarily pay for a full month of training and support, both before, during, and after the store opens. The continuing royalties pay for support, product development, business development and, of course, profit.

Where do you see Pizza Schmizza in 5 years - 10 years?

We are very modest when it comes to our pizza. Today we are the favorite pizza in the markets we serve. In the future, we expect that the entire planet will enjoy our pizza, recognize it as the best, and memorize our slogan: 'One Planet, One People, One Pizza'. No other pizzas are required.

What is your favorite advice for new franchisees to help them succeed?

World domination. And have fun!

What would you tell potential franchisees that may be nervous about the financial burdens of starting a franchise?

There is no greater joy than controlling your own destiny and owning your own business.

On average, how long does it take to start a new franchise from the franchisees point of view?

90 - 120 days.

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