Me-N-Ed's Pizzerias Franchise

Brick-oven-baked pizza

The pizza world has never been the same since the first Me-n-Ed oven was fired up in Sacramento, California, in 1958. Russ "Me" Johnson and Ed Sandlin didn't set out to build a pizza parlor empire - it just happened.

From their modest beginnings, Russ and Ed began selling Me-n-Ed's franchises throughout California while operating their own restaurants around the San Francisco Bay area. Expanding into Fresno, Russ and Ed met Ben and Marcella Watters, who ran a boarding house and quickly became known for their frequent visits to Me-n-Ed's. As the story goes, during one particular visit, a potted plant in the restaurant caught Marcella's eye. She had to have it. When the owner refused to sell it to her, Marcella bought the entire restaurant. The plant was hers - along with the franchise rights to Me-n-Ed's.

Marcella and Ben moved the restaurant from the original Fresno location to a new site on Blackstone Avenue and joined forces with Bob Cox, who worked with a local baker to perfect a recipe for Me-n-Ed's signature thin crust pizza dough, which has since become the stuff of legends.

Through the mid-1960s, the Me-n-Ed's name continued to expand throughout Fresno and Orange County, along with a reputation for making some of the best pizza west of the Mississippi. In the summer of '62, Doug Price (Marcella's 15-year-old nephew) ventured to Fresno from North Battleford, Saskatchewan, to soak up the California sun and work at Me-n-Ed's.

By the time Doug graduated three years later, his Aunt Marcella and Uncle Ben had moved to Orange County, where they were operating Me-n-Ed's restaurants previously owned by Bob Cox. Doug left the prairies and headed to Orange County to go to college, but his plans quickly changed, and he ended up where he really belonged - working for the family business, Me-n-Ed's.

The Watters continued the Me-n-Ed's expansion into Santa Ana, Fullerton, Huntington Beach, Stanton and Long Beach. Then, in 1969, the Watters brought the Me-n-Ed's name north of the border to Burnaby, where the first Me-n-Ed's in Canada opened that summer - managed by 21-year-old co-owner Doug Price.'

Before long, the Burnaby Me-n-Ed's had become a community fixture - albeit more of a pub than a restaurant. Customers would line up to listen to a honky-tonk piano and savour Me-n-Ed's now-famous pizza along with a cold beer. As other neighbourhood pubs began popping up through the years, the Me-n-Ed's atmosphere shifted to one of family, where it remains.

Even now, some 50 years since Me-n-Ed's first came to Canada, you'll still find that same cozy, neighbourly feel that put us on the map - whether you're visiting a Me-n-Ed's in Burnaby, Abbotsford, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam or Langley.

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The investment required to open a Me-N-Ed's Pizzerias Franchise is between $175,000-$486,000. There is an initial franchise fee of $25,000 which grants you the license to run a business under the Me-N-Ed's Pizzerias name.

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California Restaurants Association Awards And Recognition
"The Best Pizza of the Valley" 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002 & 2004. (This recognition cannot be awarded to the same restaurant two years in a row) ...

Awards And Recognition
Awards of Excellence "Highest Rated Pizza Chain" 2000, 2001 & 2003. ...

Me-n-Ed's pizzerias is pleased to announce the opening of our newest location at 1077 N. Willow, 107, on the southeast corner of Willow and Nees Avenues. Our latest Me-n-Ed's pizzeria features the new "Pizzeria Moderno design." Me-n-Ed's created this design to use in its new markets in both sout...

Awards And Recognition
National survey ranking Me-n-Ed's Pizzerias 3rd overall behind In-N-Out Burger and Panera Bread for 2003. ...

Central California Awards And Recognition
Central California Excellence in Business Award � "Retail Business Award" 1999. ...

Me-N-Ed's Pizzerias News & Press Releases

When did the first Me-N-Ed's Pizzerias open? 1958
When did Me-N-Ed's Pizzerias start Franchising? 1958

Year U.S.A. Canada International Corporate
2005 20 0 0 40
2004 18 0 0 42
2003 12 0 0 46
2002 9 0 0 46
2001 8 0 0 44
Expense In-House Third Party
Franchise Fee No No
Startup Costs No No
Equipment No No
Inventory No No
Accounts Receivable No No
Payroll No No

Available at headquarters, Available at franchisee's location, Opening support

Newsletter, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations, Purchasing cooperatives

Ad slicks, Regional advertising

40% of all franchisees own more than one unit

Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 10 - 25

Absentee ownership of franchise is allowed.

To calculate how much income a franchise owner can do at Me-N-Ed's Pizzerias Franchise, may vary on factors like location, size etc., On the other side as a business owner your goals to maintain the quality of service while streaming sales high and expenses low. As any other franchise may include rent/mortgage, staffing/family, inventory supplies, utilities, administrative costs vise vera. Location to location and seasons the months costs may vary. Most franchises start up costs are typically fixed and they will cover most of the initial operating costs like signage, furniture, decoration and renovations.

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Me-N-Ed's Pizzerias

Me-N-Ed's Pizzerias

Me-N-Ed's Pizzerias
5701 N. West Ave.
Fresno, CA


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