VALLEY CITY, ND (Valley News Live)
Today's announcement of the Pizza Corner sale caught many people off guard. Jennifer Feist, who is the Director of Development for Barnes County, said the city had been working on allowing Pizza Corner Owner Dave Zubrod to expand current facilities. She said that he had been looking to add more than 10 thousand square feet. She added that the loss approximately of 150 full time jobs will be hard to replace.
Bernatello’s foods announced they reached an agreement to purchase the rights to the family owned business Pizza Corner brand of frozen pizza. It is effective May 20th, 2016.
The acquisition of Pizza Corner brand of frozen pizzas does not include Pizza Corner restaurant in Valley City, ND.
"The relationship between Bernatello’s and Pizza Corner is a warm one that began several years ago," Bernatello's said in a press release.
Bernatello’s, is a family-owned and operated business, based in Maple Lake, Minnesota with additional production operations in Wisconsin.
“Dave Zubrod, the founder of the Pizza Corner brand of frozen pizzas has built not only a quality brand, but a brand that has become an institution in North Dakota and the region. Bernatello’s Foods is committed to maintaining this high quality while expanding the scope of Pizza Corner’s outstanding product. The company intends to use its extensive distribution network to continue growing the brand and its popularity in a larger geographic area," said owner and President of Bernatello’s Foods, Bill Ramsay.
The company says they will expand by adding bigger fleet of trucks along with routes throughout the Dakotas. They add that capacity issues at the Valley City facility will lead to Pizza Corner production being relocated to other Bernatello’s facilities with an opportunity to many Pizza Corner employees to remain with the company there.
"The quality and ingredients that have made Pizza Corner brand so successful will remain the same," said in the Bernatello’s press release.
“The timing was right, the fit was right-Bernatello’s outstanding dedication to excellence offers a home to a product I’ve spent my life developing over many years," said Pizza Corner owner Dave Zubrod. "My employees have become like family, making this decision a challenge, but I know in my heart this is the best decision for the Pizza Corner brand; Bernatello’s is the company that can take this brand to a national level while still respecting where it all started.”