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Pizza Ranch


Pizza Ranch is famous for its "pizza buffet your way"; a bountiful salad bar, and the country's best chicken. Pizza Ranch's vision is "To glorify God by positively impacting the world we live in". Founded in Hull, Iowa, in 1981 by Adrie Groeneweg, Pizza Ranch is a prominent regional restaurant chain that offers a wide selection of pizza, salad, chicken with hot mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables, potato wedges, and desserts in a unique buffet-style environment. The brand's great-tasting food is also available through carry-out and delivery service. Currently, the company boasts 150 locations throughout nine states in the Midwest and is currently executing an aggressive growth plan to more than double its presence in key U.S. markets.

Facts & Figures

Liquid capital required
Net worth required
$200,000 - $500,000
Franchise fee
Units in operation


Pizza Ranch stands in contrast to many other pizza restaurants that emphasize a connection to the food’s Italian origins. Instead, it offers an Old West motif that is a staple in each of its restaurants. In addition, Pizza Ranch’s dine-in customers can take advantage of a self-serve buffet option. Offering group meals and fundraising options enables Pizza Ranch to be part of its local community.

History of Pizza Ranch Franchise

In December 1981, the 19-year-old Groenweg used his mother Lorraine’s six specialty pizza recipes to open up his first Pizza Ranch in his hometown of Hull, Iowa. Opening the first restaurant was based on his belief that his fellow citizens shouldn’t have to leave Hull to get good pizza. The steady growth of Pizza Ranch has seen an average of more than five new locations added each year with more than 180 locations across 13 states now running. In 2007, the company moved its corporate headquarters to Orange City, Iowa, and added a Director of Culinary Research and Development two years later.

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