What's In Store

Dallas-based pizza chain to expand into Charlotte

A vegetarian version of the Athenian pizza at Pie Five Pizza.
A vegetarian version of the Athenian pizza at Pie Five Pizza. The Kansas City Star

Fast casual pizza chain Pie Five Pizza is expanding into North Carolina, and Charlotte will be among the first markets in which the Dallas-based restaurant opens.

Franchisees Jeff and Christine Steiner plan to open as many as 30 stores statewide, and the other cities they’re considering for initial expansion include Raleigh-Durham, Greensboro and Winston-Salem.

Pie Five offers farm fresh ingredients and handcrafted crust on their personalized pizzas, according to its website. The restaurant also offers salads in pizza dough bowls, home-baked brownies and cookie pies.

“Between fresh, high-quality ingredients and personal pizzas baked-to-order in less than five minutes, we feel that Pie Five Pizza will be very well received in the Tar Heel State,” Christine Steiner said in a statement Tuesday.

Pie Five joins a handful of other fast casual pizza chains expanding in the Charlotte region. Among others, Ohio-based Marco’s Pizza, St. Louis-based artisan pizza chain Crushed Red and fast-growing Ohio chain Donato’s Pizza are all looking to grow their Charlotte footprint with local franchisees.

The Steiners, the Pie Five franchisees, also operate Five Guys Burgers and Fries and Moe’s Southwest Grill locations in North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Pie Five currently has 68 locations across 17 states and the District of Columbia. Locally, the company currently operates one store in Matthews.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta