Precinct Pizza's History
Rick Drury worked for one of the big pizza chains for eight years before franchising in 1995. One month after he franchised, he met his wife to be, Jessica, who immediately joined him in his business. Together they more than quadrupled the sales of the store he purchased in just 6 months, receiving many accolades from the franchise for their business savvy. They built a second store in 1999 which did much better than the corporate average in sales.
Rick & Jessica had a great offer for their stores from one of their former Managers who Rick had also helped franchise years before. Rick & Jessica decided on a change and sold their stores in 2000.Rick Drury then went to work in New York City as an EMT & Paramedic from 2001 to 2005. Rick loved his Paramedic job, working on the busiest ambulance in the NYC Emergency Medical Services, but after long discussions with his wife Jessica, they decided to leave New York with their newborn son, Ryan and followed Rick’s parents down to Tampa, Florida. Rick tried being a Paramedic in Florida, but the job in Florida was nowhere near as exciting or rewarding as his previous job in NYC. During a slow shift, Rick came up with an Emergency Services themed restaurant concept and discussed it with Jessica when he got home. Jessica liked the idea and they decided to give it a shot. Jessica came up with the name Precinct Pizza, and helped design the logo, using Rick’s Paramedic badge from NYC as inspiration.
Rick & Jessica found a location in Downtown Tampa and the store was a huge hit from day one when the store opened August 7, 2006. Sales continued to increase yearly for the first ten years with little to no advertising, leading to Precinct Pizza being listed as one of the top 100 independent pizzerias in the country in 2015 in Pizza Today Magazine, and the busiest independent pizzeria in Florida!
Rick & Jessica opened a second location in September of 2017. That second store, located in a small neighborhood, does 30% higher sales than the average pizzeria. The popularity of the second store proves that their restaurant concept can be replicated and successful.
Over many years, Rick and Jessica developed the recipes, training materials, patented technology, relationships with vendors, & a recognizable brand which has made Precinct Pizza into a great business model. Precinct Pizza has received many accolades over the years and was the featured pizzeria in PMQ Magazine in November 2010 & in Pizza Today Magazine in June 2014. In August 2018, Precinct Pizza was featured on the cover of PMQ magazine! With over 74,000 pizzerias in the USA, this was certainly an honor and proof of their popularity. Very few pizzerias have been featured in both national pizza magazines. Rick has continued to write many articles for the pizza magazines, giving his insight on the pizza business.
As a recognized leading authority in the pizza business, Rick has been a guest speaker at the annual International Pizza Expo, speaking about multiple topics and offering advice to other pizza entrepreneurs.
With the success of Precinct Pizza, Rick & Jessica worked hard on developing the model for franchising. After many years of development, Rick & Jessica were ready to share their concept and began offering franchises in Florida on January 2nd, 2017. If you are looking to own your own pizzeria, and believe you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur, come join the Precinct Pizza franchise squad!
Do you want to be your own boss and make the decisions that will impact your future? Combining a vast menu of proprietary gourmet recipes with a contemporary atmosphere has placed Precinct Pizza above other pizzerias. Owning your own Precinct Pizza can be challenging, but can also be very rewarding. Precinct Pizza has the experience to know what works, and what does not, which is why entrepreneurs often look to franchises. Become an entrepreneur and own a franchise that has local brand recognition, has built a great reputation in the community, and has done so much of the business design for you.