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Charlotte owners to open ‘pizza cone’ franchise, Studio C to hold sample sale

Kono Pizza

Charlotte entrepreneurs Carl and Gayle Guliford are slated to open the Kono Pizza franchise’s first kiosk inside a Walmart, just in time for Black Friday shoppers.

The store is located at 805 S.C. 9 Bypass, in Lancaster, S.C.

Kono Pizza describes its product as pizza served in a thin-crust cone that bakes in minutes. The Edison, N.J.-based franchise has 130 locations in 20 countries.

The Gulifords have an agreement to bring three locations to the greater Charlotte area, according to a press release.


Charlotte-based Studio C -- also known as Carolina Pad, the school supply manufacturing company -- will hold a warehouse sample sale on Nov. 13-14.

Organizers say everything will be marked at 75-85 percent of retail price: notebooks, binders, organizational items, backpacks, laptop sleeves and totes, tablet cases, iPhone and Galaxy phone cases, pencil cases/accessory clutches and more.

Here’s a sales list from the company:

▪ Backpacks and messenger bags: $10

▪ Fabric tote bags: $10

▪ Laptop sleeves: $10

▪ Notebooks: 75 cents

▪ Memo books: 50 cents

▪ Expandable folders: $2

▪ Clutches, pencil cases and pouches: $2

▪ Binders: $1

Hours are 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. on Nov. 13, and 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Nov. 14. The warehouse is located at 3552 Westinghouse Blvd. See more at