GARLIC JIM’S FAMOUS GOURMET PIZZA® ALIGNS WITH
REWARDS NETWORK PROGRAM
Customers Get Incentives for Dining at 37 Garlic Jim’s Restaurants- With More to Follow!
EVERETT, WA (August, 2007) Garlic Jim’s Famous Gourmet Pizza®, the first and only “gourmet” carry-out and delivery pizza chain, has recently added the benefit of using Rewards Network, a leading provider of marketing services and loyalty programs, at 37 of its restaurants. By using the Rewards Network, Garlic Jim’s customers get incentives including airline miles, loyalty/rewards program points, and Cashback RewardsSM savings.for dining at all 37 Garlic Jim’s restaurants. Garlic Jim’s plans to add all of its stores to the Rewards Network program as it expands across the nation.
With headquarters in Everett, Washington, and many locations on the West Coast, Garlic Jim’s management team travels frequently and is part of Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan that brought the Rewards Network to Garlic Jim’s attention. Dwayne Northrop, founder and chief executive officer of Garlic Jim’s, explained, “Lex Nepomuceno, our chief marketing officer, is a mileage maniac. He earns thousands of miles every year by dining at participating restaurants. If a program can elicit that kind of customer loyalty, we want to be part of it.”
Rewards Network president and CEO, Ron Blake views Garlic Jim’s as a great addition to the thousands of restaurants that already participate across North America. “Garlic Jim’s owns the gourmet pizza delivery niche. Their product targets the discerning diner who wants quality plus convenience. Our members fit that profile, so this alliance is a win-win for everyone.”
Northrop expressed equal enthusiasm. “As we expand, we want to focus on building our brand awareness and customer base. Through Rewards Network, we’ll be able to offer travelers the added value of several frequent flyer programs such as Alaska Airlines, and Upromise college fund savings or eScrip nonprofit contributions for more family-oriented customers. It’s a great way for us to keep our chain in growth mode with a steady stream of loyal, repeat diners.”
Northrop is also relying on those loyal diners to help Garlic Jim’s maintain quality control. Rewards Network’s business intelligence reporting includes post-dine member ratings and feedback. “What distinguishes us from other fast-delivery pizza chains is the upscale quality of our product. Rewards Network’s member ratings and feedback will go a long way toward helping us monitor our franchise operations to maintain the product and service standards on which we’re building the Garlic Jim’s brand.”
ABOUT REWARDS NETWORK
Rewards Network (AMEX: IRN), headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, is a leading provider of marketing services and loyalty programs to the restaurant industry. Thousands of participating restaurants and other merchants across North America benefit from the Company’s extensive email, internet and print marketing efforts; member ratings/feedback and other business intelligence; customer loyalty programs; and access to capital. In conjunction with leading airline frequent flyer programs, club memberships, and other affinity organizations, Rewards Network provides over three million members with incentives to dine at participating restaurants, including airline miles, loyalty/reward program points, and Cashback RewardsSM savings. Additional details about Rewards Network can be found at www.rewardsnetwork.com or by calling 1-877-491-3463.
ABOUT GARLIC JIMS
In the $33 billion dollar-a-year, highly competitive U.S. pizza industry, Garlic Jim’s Famous Gourmet Pizza is proud to be the first pizza franchise to focus on quick delivery pizza made fresh with gourmet toppings. Garlic Jim’s in-store system and team member training allows them to make pizza in 15 minutes or less “from order to out the door,” thus pioneering the concept “Gourmet, Right Away.”
At Garlic Jim’s the term ‘gourmet’ signifies more than just the finished pizza – it refers to the finest ingredients: fresh packed sauces, fresh 100% whole-milk mozzarella and fresh dough made daily, where the customer can certainly taste the difference. Garlic Jim’s offers customers two crust choices; hand-thrown thick crust, made with parmesan cheese and buttermilk, or garlic thin; four cheese options: 100% whole-milk mozzarella, cheddar, feta and parmesan; seven sauces: classic red, garlic basil, basil pesto, zesty chipotle pesto, creamy ranch, smoky sweet BBQ or fresh basil and olive oil, and a variety of meats, vegetables and gourmet toppings such as roasted garlic, marinated artichoke hearts, roasted corn and sun-dried tomatoes.
With gourmet pizzas such as Nutty Chipotle™, zesty chipotle pesto topped with spicy sausage, pepperoni, red onions, tomatoes and cashews, Jim’s Gourmet Garlic™, basil pesto sauce, marinated artichoke hearts, roasted garlic, sun-dried tomatoes and feta cheese, and Chicken Bacon Ranch, grilled chicken, bacon, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, red onions and creamy ranch sauce, Garlic Jim’s is putting a new spin on pizza. “We’ve gone out of our way to source the best ingredients available to create our specialty pizzas and as a result we also have the best tasting pepperoni pizza you will ever find,” says Northrop.
Garlic Jim’s has grown from two open stores in 2004 to 43 open stores and a total of 107 franchises sold as of August 2007. In addition to current locations in Oregon, Arizona, California, Pennsylvania and Washington, Garlic Jim’s has units under development in New Jersey, Colorado, Florida, Tennessee and Texas. With projections of doubling in size in 2007, Garlic Jim’s is sure to become the fastest growing gourmet pizza franchise in the country. For more information on Garlic Jim’s pizza and franchising, visit their Web site at www.garlicjims.com, or call 866-918-jims (5467).