Papa Murphy's coming to Garden City

8/3/2013

Take-and-bake style pizza place to be located near Golden Dragon.

Take-and-bake style pizza place to be located near Golden Dragon.

BY RUTH CAMPBELL

rcampbell@gctelegram.com

Pam and Jim Jordan plan to bring a different take on pizza to Garden City around Labor Day, with the opening of their Papa Murphy's store.

Papa Murphy's offers freshly made pizza that customers can watch being made, then bring home to bake at their leisure.

The store will be located in part of the former New Life Church at 1110 N. Campus Drive, north of Golden Dragon restaurant. It will encompass 1,910 square feet.

The Jordans own another Papa Murphy's store in Great Bend, which they took over in January 2012.

"It has a lot of benefits," Pam Jordan said. "It's a take-and-bake. The customer comes in, tells us what they want, kind of like a Subway. We build it right in front of the customer," and they can take it home and bake it in their oven, "so it's always hot and fresh when they're ready for it."

"Everything is done fresh on a day-to-day basis. We're not skimpy on our toppings either," she said.

The medium pizza, which is the smallest, can feed one to two people; the large is 14 inches and feeds three to four; and the family size, which is 16 inches, feeds four to six people. Customers also may order signature pizzas like Papa's Favorite, which is like a Supreme, or they can build their own. Toppings are $1 each, regardless of pizza size.

The Jordans tentatively hope to open the store around Labor Day.

"So it's either going to be right before, if we're lucky, or right after Labor Day. We're just now getting going on construction, and barring any major things that come up," that should be the schedule, she said.

Plans are to hire about 20 people because everything is prepared fresh daily, which is labor intensive, Jordan said. Additionally, most people who work at the store will probably be high school or college-age kids looking for part-time positions.

She said the store can work around employees' school schedules to have enough people to cover shifts.

Hours will be 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The Jordans' Great Bend Papa Murphy's had been around for about eight years before they took over.

The business has grown every year.

"Since we've taken over, our business is already up significantly... We're still building, as far as customer base," Jordan said.

When someone who has never tried the pizza before tries it, "We have a new customer for life. It's just that good," she said.

The Jordans live in Great Bend. Jim works for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, and Pam is an elementary school teacher at Jefferson Elementary School in Great Bend.

They lived in Garden City in 2000 for a year and saw an opportunity to bring Papa Murphy's here.

"We still have a lot of friends (in Garden City)," she said.

With his work, Jim will be going back and forth more to Garden City, while Pam will be staying closer to home.

"This will be more his project to get up and going," she said.

"It's going to be a great opportunity here. We've always liked Garden City ... We've always enjoyed coming back, seeing friends and doing some shopping here. We still feel like we're involved in the community now somewhat," Pam said.

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