In the beginning there was Gumby's...and it was good!
Gumby's pizza was started in October of 1985 by Jeff O'Brien and Chance Hippler in Gainesville FL.. The two were fraternity brothers at the University of Florida. In the Summer of 1985 they decided to leave school and start their own business. With the backing of their parents they opened the first store. Once the Gainesville store started to prosper, they expanded the operation. First in Tallahassee FL., and next is Athens GA.. They concentrated mostly on major college campuses where the Gumby name would catch on. The one thing that Gumby's Pizza had that many other chains did not was that everything was made fresh on the premises. To this day it still is! Dough and sauce are made from scratch. Fresh vegetables are prepared daily. No commissaries are used. As of 1996 Gumby's Pizza Headquarters is still in Gainesville, but now there are 25 corporate stores and two franchises spread from Florida to Wisconsin and Arizona to Pennsylvania.