|Industry||Fast food restaurants|
Number of locations
|Products||Pizza, salads, soft drinks|
|Slogan||Claim your slice!|
In 2003, Pizza Schmizza received complaints from an advertising watchdog group for hiring homeless men to hold signs bearing the slogan "Pizza Schmizza paid me to hold this sign instead of asking for money". Owner Andre Jehan countered that this was a way to help the homeless and that the homeless found the arrangement a positive experience.
Acquisition by Figaro's Pizza
After CEO Doug Wetter was unable to do his day-to-day job with Pizza Schmizza, the company went into talks with Figaro's Pizza about selling the company. On March 31, 2008, Pizza Schmizza and Figaro's Pizza completed a deal for Figaro's to acquire Pizza Schmizza. Figaro's subsequently spun off the business (December 2014), and the two companies are no longer related.
Pizza Schmizza has 22 locations in and around Portland, one in Vancouver, Washington, and two in the Medford, Oregon metropolitan area in southern Oregon]]. Several locations are titled "Pizza Schmizza Pub & Grub", while others operate as Schmizza Public House and one as Bethany Public House. Out of the twenty Portland metro area restaurants, four are downtown.
- Pizza Schmizza - Locations
- Goldfield, Robert. Pizza Schmizza ready to take on Puget Sound. Portland Business Journal, August 1, 2003.
- CNN.com - Pizza company hires homeless to hold ads - June 17, 2003
- Williams, Geoff. Hot Seat: Andre Jehan. Will Work for Food. Entrepreneur. November 2003, Vol. 31 Issue 11, p38.
- Oregon DHS: News release January 13, 2004
- Rogoway, Mike. Pizza Schmizza sells to Figaro's. The Oregonian, April 8, 2008.
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