Pie Factory reopens under new management

The Pie Factory is back in business with new owners.
Melissa Topey
Jan 25, 2013

Jim and Beth Kimberlin opened the doors at 4 p.m. Thursday.

“I do not think people realized The Pie Factory was closed,” Beth said. “As soon as we hooked up the phones, they started ringing.”

The shop on Wednesday was bright, spacious and clean — extremely clean. It was all hands on deck as a group of six people scurried about.

The Kimberlins haven’t gotten much sleep the past few days, scrubbing everything down and preparing for the big opening. They closed on the deal a week before Thanksgiving.

Jim and Beth were friends with former co-owners Kevin LaRose and Kevin McCabe.

“We didn’t know they were wanting to close it,” Jim said. “It was a shock.”

Beth still remembers the phone call from Jim, the sense of urgency in his voice as he said he wanted to talk to her.

When she got home that night, Jim told her about LaRose and McCabe selling the business.

He wanted to buy it.

“There was a lot of talking over the next couple weeks: ‘Can we get this up and running? Do we have enough people to help when we are working?’” Beth said.

They reached a deal within weeks. Friends and former Pie Factory employees stepped up to help.

Family friend Mary Garard, former employees Liana Miller and Linda Sebolt, and the Kimberlins’ son, James, are the workers you’ll see behind the counter making pizzas, pies and baked goods.

In short, the place is all things pie.

The baked goods and pizza are made with the same recipes the previous owners used.

The Pie Factory won Best Carryout Pizza in a local pizza challenge three years in a row.

“If it’s working, don’t change it,” Jim said.

While he anticipates entering local pizza contests this year, he’s already rolling out the promotions.

“We’re working on some specials the week leading up to the Super Bowl,” Jim said.

On Friday, the Kimberlins and their friends held a party to celebrate the new business. The event also marked the five-year anniversary of Jim’s kidney transplant.

“I’m doing good,” Jim said. “A little tired after all this.”

 

The Pie Factory
Where: 210 W. Perkins Ave., behind Universal Plaza.
Phone: 419-625-PIES (7437)
Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Online: www.mythatsgoodpie.com
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The Hero Zone

This is good to read and I wish the new owners well. We put a contact link on our Facebook during the fall when it seems the sale was being considered and/or going through to help give them a boost. If I can help support the new owners I will be happy to do so as well, cheers to them all!

Cowboy

You guys got to do a better job advertising! You are lost behind buildings and people don't know you are there! The former sign was way to small! You need to hit up 102.7 to get your name out daily! We want you to succeed but you have to do a better job advertising than the former owner!

Phil Packer

I agree! Look how long Cameo has been there and they STILL advertise a LOT!

real talk

By far best pizza in town.
By far worst location in town.

YAWWNN

Pizza is awesome, but if you want to be successful you are gonna have to move to a more visible location. Tucked in the back of a building that has extremely low customer traffic is not good. Once people eat your pizza they are hooked but you have to get them throught the door first. Aside from advertising, location is everything, and the current location is the worst.

Perkins2060

Location, Location, Location

real talk

The rent on that location is about 1/4th what it would be for frontage on 250 or Perkins that most people want. Places like Cameo and Pizza House West have done well not being in those places. Also having a place that people can eat in instead of delivery only would go a long way, even it it was just a few tables.

Cowboy

Cameo and Pizza House are always advertising, and you can see both of them from the street. I'd order pizza from the Pie Factory, I just forgot they were there.

Rabbi

Having the money to buy a business doesn't make a person a good business person. The best evidence in making such a decision is the previous profit/loss statements. All the ambition in the world won't necessarily make a business profitable.
Good Luck!

Darkhorse

The business is in a bad location. I think it is good to have a drive up window to pick up your pizza and to have seating inside. A lot of people just want to just sit and enjoy a hot pizza with friends. Most of the pizza places are take out.