The intersection of 10th and Cliff in Sioux Falls is one of the city's busiest intersections. And for years, one of the landmarks at that intersection has been Little Caesars pizza. Well, it's not there anymore. The result of a disagreement between the owner and the Little Caesars corporation.
It is not unusual to see people on the northwest corner of 10th and Cliff coming and going, with pizza boxes in their hands. It has been a common sight for years now. But there is some decidedly different: instead of saying Little Caesars, the building where all the activity is at is now called Pizza Patrol.
"I own this location so I'm excited about it. We specialize in carry-out and delivery." Jim Fischer is the owner and operator of Pizza Patrol. He also owned and managed this location when it was Little Caesars, the 4th top pizza chain in the nation. But a few months ago, Fischer and Little Caesars corporate leaders reached an impasse....and Little Caesars told Fischer, they didn't want to do business anymore. "It was very unfortunate that we lost...they terminated our franchise agreement and I own the building here so we wanted to go independent...and compete."
Fischer will not say what the impasse with Little Caesars was...but it left him a choice of going out of business or starting one of his own. He opted for the latter: his food supplier is Orion Foods. Fischer has been in the franchise pizza business for more than 30 years: he has always had corporate backing. This is a new world...where Fischer is going it alone....but he says his loyal customers of the past will hopefully find a new home with him at Pizza Patrol. "We'll just be as competitive as we can. We think we have a good product; we're here to serve Sioux Falls."
Jim Fischer has even bigger plans for Pizza Patrol; he says he wants to open branches on Sioux Falls' south and west sides.
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