It might seem strange to tell you who are we before we fully explain our rewarding business model, but Pizza Ranch® is built upon an ideal – an ideal that has made us a living, breathing, cherished member of every community we enter. In fact, our reputation tends to precede us before our restaurants even open.
While we serve – in our opinion and many others’ – the best pizza and chicken anywhere around, what we really serve are the people in our communities. Pizza Ranch provides more than a fun, wholesome place for a family meal, it provides a warm and welcoming hub for neighbors and communities to come together.
Every Pizza Ranch is built with a dedicated Community Room for use by groups such as local non-profits, sports teams, parent-teacher organizations and the like. Our franchisees also host Community Impact nights – sometimes twice a week. Not only is the event free for groups to reserve, Pizza Ranch will donate a percentage of sales for the night to the organization. Community Impact nights are often so popular, some restaurants are booked up to a year in advance!
Aside from the company-wide charitable contributions Pizza Ranch makes year-round, our franchisees are encouraged to build upon our brand momentum by finding even more ways to give back to their communities. You can learn more about these initiatives on our Mission & Vision page.
Our founder Adrie Groeneweg took note when dozens of his community members in Hull, Iowa were driving to a nearby community just to have pizza. With a keen eye for business and an adventurous spirit, Adrie and his family opened the first Pizza Ranch in Hull in 1981. It wasn’t long at all before a Minnesota businessman decided his small community of Mountain Lake needed a Pizza Ranch, too. And just like that, our beloved franchise was born.
Since then, we’ve made a name for ourselves – today we have over 200 locations in 13 states – but we’ve always aimed to be the ultimate host: inviting, welcoming and genuine. We measure our success by the quality of the relationships we’ve fostered with our guests, team members and franchisees alike. Suffice it to say that while we are constantly improving our recipes and décor, we never skimp on neighborly hospitality either for our guests or our franchisees.
We’ve now been at this for more than 35 years, but it feels like we’re just getting started.