Highland Ranch Garlic Jim’s Famous Gourmet Pizza Opens with Tremendous Sales!

HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO (September, 2007) – The first Colorado Garlic Jim’s Famous Gourmet Pizza®, located at The Shops at Highland Walk, 3982 Red Cedar Drive Suite A, opened September 17, 2007 with exceptional grand opening sales figures. On opening day, the store tallied over $3,000 in sales with an order “to the customer’s door” average time of 22 minutes. On September 18, they registered over $3,600 in sales with an order “to the customer’s door” average time of 20 minutes. The Highlands Ranch location is the first of 25 Garlic Jim’s stores expected to open in Colorado. Local franchisees, Dave and Valerie Solomon are thrilled with their opening numbers, as is the entire company!

After working in the pizza industry for the past 25 years and having won numerous awards for her work in expanding pizza chains in the U.S and abroad, Val Solomon, along with her husband Dave purchased the rights to Garlic Jim’s for the entire state of Colorado. Recent owners of Domino’s Pizza stores in Washington and Texas, they sold their Domino’s franchises when they discovered Garlic Jim’s. They are now area developers selling Garlic Jim’s franchises throughout Colorado.

“We knew the Solomons were great marketers and great operators, but who could have imagined delivering almost $7,000 dollars worth of gourmet pizza in an average of 20 minutes in their first two days?!” said Dwayne Northrop, CEO, Garlic Jim’s. “Colorado has been waiting for a quality ‘gourmet pizza’ option with quick delivery, and the Solomons have delivered!”

Additionally, the Solomons are working to actively support the community by giving all schools and churches 30% off with every order.

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, smokin’ sweet BBQ or garlic infused 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 44 open stores and a total of 108 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).