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Pie Five Pizza plans to open in new Mishawaka shopping center in 2016

A new fast-casual pizza joint is making its way to Mishawaka.

Pie Five Pizza franchisee and restaurateur Carl Dissette finalized a contract Thursday, July 23, that will place the restaurant in a new Main Street shopping center, Dissette confirmed in an interview Tuesday.

Pie Five Pizza is one of two anchor businesses already confirmed for the new center, to be constructed south of La-Z-Boy Furniture on the east side of Main Street. 

According to Sitehawk Retail Real Estate’s website, the 9,000 square foot site will include a Potbelly Sandwich Shop as the other initial tenant. 

Dissette said he anticipates the property to be turned over by December 2015 with an opening date to follow in either May or June 2016.

The chain’s primary competition in the area will be Blaze Pizza, which opened Thursday, July 23 in South Bend’s Eddy Street Commons with a very similar concept.

When discussing the differences between Blaze Pizza and Pie Five Pizza, Dissette was quick to point out two distinguishing features of his operation.

“I would say what primarily sets us apart is the decor and appearance of our stores. I think ours are decorated in a much more modern decor than Blaze,” Dissette said.

Each Pie Five personal pizza costs $6.99 and is cooked in 145 seconds. Customers can choose from more than 28 fresh toppings, seven sauces (all vegan except alfredo and ranch) and four crusts, including two vegan and one gluten-free option.

Salads served in pizza bowls and three desserts, including cookie pies and brownies, complete the menu

Dissete said he plans to open 15 Pie Five Pizza locations in Indiana, and is searching for the right location for one in South Bend.

“I like to build my stores in clusters. It only makes sense,” Dissette said.

Dissette’s strategy of placing franchise locations in close proximity to each other has yielded success for his other businesses. He currently owns ten Jimmy John’s stores in the greater Chicago area, and was formerly a franchisee of two Chicago IHOPs. Dissette was one of the first franchisees of Jimmy John’s, beginning in December 1996 when the popular sandwich shop had approximately 16 stores.

New to doing business in Indiana, with only one Pie Five location opened in Indianapolis and another opening September 10 in Zionsville, Dissette praised the state and its workforce.

“I love Indiana. Indiana is business-friendly state,” he said. “The caliber of employees I’m coming across are outstanding. And I mean that from the bottom of my heart. The people I’ve interviewed, the people I’ve hired, the people we’ve been training are outstanding.”

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