The Newest Trend in Pizza Franchising to Open First Colorado Store in September 2007

HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO (September, 2007) Garlic Jim’s Famous Gourmet Pizza®, the first and only “gourmet” carry-out and delivery pizza chain, is taking the industry by storm, with expansion into the Colorado market. This expansion adds momentum to Garlic Jim’s plan of national development. In addition to the new location in Colorado and the current locations in Oregon, Arizona, California, Pennsylvania and Washington, Garlic Jim’s has units under development in New Jersey, Florida, Tennessee and Texas.

Local franchisees Dave and Valerie Solomon will officially open the first of 25 Colorado Garlic Jim’s stores in Highlands Ranch at The Shops at Highland Walk, 3982 Red Cedar Drive Suite A, on September 18, 2007.  To celebrate the first Colorado grand opening, the Solomon’s will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony and pizza sampling at on September 17 at 12:00 p.m.

“We were recent owners of Domino’s Pizza stores in Washington and Texas when we came across Garlic Jim’s. We were impressed by the high product quality and fresh, upscale image, so we sold our Dominos to get on board with this brand,” said Dave Solomon, owner of the Highlands Ranch Garlic Jim’s. “Val has worked in the pizza industry for the past 25 years, winning numerous awards for her work in expanding pizza chains in the U.S and abroad.  We are excited to show the residents of Highlands Ranch the gourmet pizza difference while actively supporting the community by giving all schools and churches 30% off.” 

“Dave and Val’s vision for our Colorado expansion mimics our ideas for national growth and is an enormous value to our company,” says Dwayne Northrop, CEO, Garlic Jim’s. “Colorado has been waiting for a quality ‘gourmet pizza’ option with quick delivery, and the Solomon’s will deliver. With their valuable experience in the pizza industry and self motivation, it is only a matter of time before every market in Colorado will have a Garlic Jim’s!”

Dave and Val purchased the rights to Garlic Jim’s for the entire state of Colorado. They are area developers selling franchises throughout Colorado. They will hold their first business opportunity seminar in September 2007.  Please call 425-802-5379 for more information. 

Highlands Ranch Garlic Jim’s will be open Monday through Thursday, from 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Friday through Sunday, from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. For more information, contact the store directly at 303-346-JIMS (5467). 



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, or call 866-918-jims (5467).

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