Sherri Pribble-Jones and her family bought the Granite Falls Alfy’s Pizza just two short years ago and in that time they have become a fixture in the Granite Falls community providing great food and hours of service to many within the town.
Pribble-Jones was working for Alfy’s in the corporate office and thought about owning a franchise. “I was working at the corporate office as a marketing/advertising and administrative assistant. We mentioned that we might be interested in owning a franchise and the franchisee approached us to see if we would be interested in Granite Falls,” she explains. “We live in Lake Stevens and have for 16 years and attend church in Granite Falls.” She and her husband Bob thought that owning the franchise would be great for her kids, Becca and Austin, who are both Lake Stevens High School graduates.
“We thought it was a great opportunity and a legacy we could leave to our children. The first year was extremely hard, we had so much to learn and then the recession hit and we lost a lot of money. We wondered every month if we would be able to keep the doors open,” Pribble-Jones said. “This year it is better, mostly due to our management skills and getting our arms around the entire business. We have a steady staff and a great manager. Both she and her husband work at the store also.
Alfy’s has donated countless pizzas to organizations including Eagle Wings Event for mentally disabled adults which took place at Father’s House Church in Granite Falls. Pribble-Jones also coordinated the event for two years.
They are also known for their generosity in helping families in need, donating food coupons and pizza for youth groups to earn money for camps.
At Granite Falls National Night Out in August, Alfy’s was on hand with samples of specialty pizzas they hope to incorporate into their store. Residents taste-tested different pizzas and got to choose their favorites. The owners and staff at Alfy’s is also heavily involved in the schools in Granite Falls.
Becca Pribble dressed up as a slice of pizza and read stories to the children in the EACAP program. The students even got to visit Alfy’s and take a tour of their facility, receiving free pizza after the tour.
On June 2 of this year, Alfy’s donated all proceeds from the pizza purchased by parents and students affiliated with the Granite Falls School Band. They raised over $356.
“We felt it is important to get involved in the community and show our support for the schools, chamber and local folks, I think this has in turn been why people have supported us,” she explains. “We still hear from customers weekly how happy that they are that we have taken over the Alfy’s. The restaurant is much cleaner, we have new lighting, painted, we offer a consistent and good product and our staff is friendly and helpful.”
Currently, they are collecting funds for a friend of Pribble-Jones, 24-year-old Sarah Lien, who is suffering from a rare form of breast cancer.
On April 11, Alfy’s held a fundraiser at their store offering free pizza and soda for anyone placing money inside the jar placed there for Lien.
They raised over $5,000 that evening.
They are continuing fundraising efforts for Lien with a Pink Ribbon campaign where customers can purchase a pink ribbon for $1, which goes directly to Lien’s cancer fund. They have included all Alfy’s locations in this fundraising effort.
Alfy’s continues to provide great food at a reasonable price, but best of all they offer support to their community.