When Adrie Groeneweg began testing pizza recipes in his parents’ kitchen in the early 1980’s, little did he know he was creating a recipe that would result in a resounding business success.
Our humble beginnings can be traced to Hull, Iowa, the quaint hometown of Pizza Ranch President and Co-founder, Adrie Groeneweg. Dividing his post-high school days between welding and working at a pizza parlor in a nearby town, Adrie’s entrepreneurial spirit surfaced and the 19-year old came up with the brilliant idea of opening a restaurant of his own. The only challenges? No capital or credit to speak of and no menu or recipes. Luckily, Adrie’s parents believed in helping him achieve his dream. His father put his own funds on the line and his mother helped with the menu and recipe creation. The dream was soon to be realized.
Early Signs of Growth
The first Pizza Ranch opened in 1981. Two and a half years later, Adrie received an inquiry from a businessman in Mountain Lake, Minnesota wanting to know if Adrie was interested in franchising his concept. As it turns out, the answer was yes and the first Pizza Ranch franchise was born in 1984.
Today, with more than 190 franchised locations in thirteen states, Pizza Ranch is the largest, most recognized pizza chain in the Midwest…and showing no signs of slowing any time soon. We’ll get into the many reasons for Pizza Ranch’s continued success, including proven systems, quality products and the strong support system, however, much of the credit can be traced to a rock-solid foundation built upon Adrie’s father’s original “pay it forward” attitude.
By taking a look at our Vision & Mission Statement, there is no mistaking where our foundation lies.