When national pizza chain Eagle Boys went bust last year, Shepparton franchisee Kruz Patel faced a tough choice: Join up with Pizza Hut, which had bought the remnants of the Eagle Boys franchise, or try and go it alone as a completely independent business.
After several sleepless nights and much soul-searching, he chose to forge his own path and in April, Shepparton Pizzas was born.
Forming his own business was a lot of hard work, and he spent countless hours dealing with suppliers and establishing his own branding before he could relaunch.
From advertising to websites and his eye-catching logo, he had to come up with it all from scratch.
‘‘We had to find the suppliers, we had to change the menu, it was a lot of work,’’ Mr Patel said.
But the added responsibility had its advantages, and unlike when he was with Eagle Boys, he had the freedom to create original pizzas.
‘‘We have new ones like The Lot and Heatwave,’’ he said.
‘‘And we have lots of gluten-free pizzas, we have a lot of gluten-free customers so we wanted to take care of them.’’
Dessert pizzas are another new addition.
He said customers had stuck with him throughout the transition, and he’d had plenty of orders from day one.
‘‘It feels really really good, it feels like you are really the boss now,’’ he said.
Shepparton Pizzas is located at 161-167 Numurkah Rd.