GLENPOOL, OK – J&H Foods, parent company of Simple Simon’s Pizza® and CheeZies Pizza®, broke ground Thursday on a new flagship Simple Simon’s Pizza store in the Southwest Crossroads development in Glenpool, OK.
The prototype store is the first element of a two-phase project for J&H Foods in the Southwest Crossroad’s complex. The company also announced they will be relocating their corporate headquarters to a new 6,000 square-foot office building at the site, with construction planned for fall of this year.
The new restaurant, targeted to open in November, will feature an updated floor plan and architecture with seating for over 100 patrons, including outdoor patio dining surrounding a large, brick fire pit. The 2800-square-foot facility utilizes state-of-the-art design focused on family comfort, and will include a large buffet area, indoor fireplace, and flat-screen TV’s throughout.
“We’re very excited to be building both our new Simple Simon’s store and our new corporate headquarters in Glenpool,” said J&H Foods President B.J. Dumond. “Southwest Crossroads is a fantastic location for both these facilities. We’ll be just down the street from our CheeZies Pizza training store in the heart of Glenpool. We’ll also be easily accessible on Highway 75 for our current owner/operators, our vendors, and our prospective franchisees who visit. And, we’ll have new hotel rooms for their stay, virtually next door. It’s just a great set-up here.”
The new J&H Foods corporate headquarters will house over a dozen management and support personnel, and will be in close proximity to the Glenpool Conference Center and to nearby hotels, including a Holiday Inn Express currently under construction adjacent to the conference center and the new corporate office.
“B.J. and I have lived nearby for decades, and we’ve witnessed first-hand the retail explosion in this particular area,” said Becky Dumond, CFO of J&H Foods. “We knew we wanted to be a big part of it, and now we couldn’t be more proud to be joining the local business community on both the food service and corporate levels.”
Glenpool Mayor’s Remarks – Simple Simons Groundbreaking – June 6th, 2013
“Thank you, Becky and BJ. I am excited to be here with you today as part of this groundbreaking ceremony for another new restaurant in Glenpool. I can’t welcome your new store and new corporate headquarters to Glenpool, because your company already IS a part of Glenpool through your CheeZie’s Pizza brand. I can, however, thank you for choosing to invest further in our community by bringing this new concept, a flagship Simple Simon’s restaurant, to Glenpool plus the building of a new 6,000 square foot corporate headquarters.”
“Glenpool set off a few years back to consciously seek to create opportunity for businesses to come to our community, grow with our community, and provide the goods and services our residents and visitors wanted. We are standing in the middle of a development that bears witness to the success of that vision. Glenpool is attracting professional services such as dentists and doctors and is also attracting multi-tenant office buildings, corporate headquarters, and new multi-family development. I am a restaurant owner and that means I understand what happens in a restaurant market when office buildings begin to go up in an area. It means new potential daytime customers and more opportunity for everyone.”
“We, the Glenpool City Councilors, understand the value of the jobs created by this type of development in our community. Our city looks forward to welcoming your franchisees and potential franchisees to our hotels, and your training and seminars to our conference center. We look forward to the first slices of pizza to be served on the patio around the fire pit in your new flagship store. Most of all, we look forward to your continued success and we are absolutely thrilled you want to build your future in Glenpool, Oklahoma.”