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Steve's Pizza to reopen its EDH eatery?

By: Art Garcia Telegraph Correspondent
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The “temporarily closed” notice posted in early February on the entry doors at Steve’s Pizza in El Dorado Hills that indicated a reopening in less than two weeks finally will switch to “open for business” in about a month. “It’s taken a little longer than I anticipated but we have a lease in hand for our franchisee who’s going to open the store in 30 to 40 days from now, he’s telling me,” said Will Glennie, owner of parent company Steve’s Franchise Corporation, based in the Laguna area of Elk Grove. The pizza parlor has been in the Raley’s shopping center more than 10 years. Glennie doesn’t know “specifically” why it’s taken so long for the store to reopen. “It’s taken the current landlord some time,” he said. “Sometimes when someone moves out there might be liens or other encumbrances with the property that the landlord is responsible for taking care of. “I’m assuming there was some hang up there, but the bottom line is it always takes longer than we anticipate when a store goes dark,” he said. Glennie said there “definitely” would be “light” remodeling of the El Dorado Hills store. “I don’t think there’ll be a complete reconfiguration but there will be a remodel.” He declined to name the incoming operator but said he’s an existing franchisee whose other shop is in Laguna in Elk Grove. Steve’s Pizza Company closed its Folsom store in the Wal-Mart center in August last year after the franchisee failed to meet sales goals. Glennie said the company likely would reopen a Folsom outlet in another location, possibly on lower East Bidwell, closer to the Palladio shopping mall and other major restaurants. “That’s still a thought,” he said. “We’re looking at real estate currently to try to find a good location. It will be in the short term, rather than the long term, absolutely. I would say this year.” The company doesn’t own any Steve’s Pizza stores but probably will take on one company-owned operation in 2011. There are five Steve’s franchise stores now operating, down from nine previously, with three more expected to be in business later this year, all in the Sacramento region.