Garlic Jim’s returns to city

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By JASON COX
Of the Keizertimes

Garlic Jim’s Famous Gourmet Pizza is returning to its former location in Keizer under a new owner.

Eric Peterson, who owns the south Salem location, said the grand opening at 5151 River Road will be June 19. Eatsalem.com first reported the news last week.

Radio station KYKN 1430 will be on hand for a promotion, he said. The store closed in 2009, but Peterson said Keizerites keep coming south to get a pie from his store.

“We were hearing those concerns, and as far as the growth there’s a lot of good things happening out here from a business perspective,” Peterson said. “We had a facility ready to go and a customer base that was, for the most part, pretty developed.”

Interviews for employees started last week. Peterson expects to hire about 15 full and part-time staff.

Garlic Jim’s is a chain with locations in Oregon, Idaho, Washington, California and Colorado.

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