When Jim Reed, a 25-year veteran of the pizza segment, couldn’t find pies that lived up to his standards in his town of Bakersfield, Calif., he knew just what do to: open a pizzeria of his own.While researching pizza that met his expectations of quality, he learned of Gurnee, Ill.-based Jimano’s Pizzeria and contacted the chain’s founder, Jimmy OBerto, about franchise opportunities.Reed was impressed with the business model, he said, but it was the chain’s Chicago-style pizza that sealed the ...

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