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Restaurant owner quits corporate America

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Posted: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 6:00 pm

As the new owner-operator of Your Pie on Capital Avenue, Todd Strickland is working.

But he happily considers himself retired from corporate America.

Strickland, raised and educated in Oconee County, purchased the Watkinsville Your Pie effective Jan. 1, after three years with Bank of America and 16 years before that with AT&T.

He is still polishing his technique on tossing those pizzas, but he likens his new career to managing a cell phone store.

“The product is food vs. cell phones,” he said.

Strickland said he had been looking for a few years for an opportunity to own his own business. He liked what he saw of another local business, Zaxby’s, but he reasoned that he would have to move to Arkansas or Texas to own his own restaurant.

His wife Rhonda is a teacher at Malcom Bridge Elementary, and his younger daughter is at North Oconee High.

He happened to read about Your Pie in a Georgia Alumni Society publication, which piqued his interest. As he explored a franchise opportunity, he learned that Clay Huckaby was interested in selling the Watkinsville store.

The chance to stay in town and own his business was too good to be true.

Strickland will not change too much about the operation, but the company has switched to a one-price model. Strickland said that will give most customers better value and it will also speed up the process.

See more on this story in the Jan. 22 edition of The Oconee Enterprise.

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