If you’ve ever wanted to own your very own pizza business, now’s your chance! Iconic local pizza catering company, Jacko’s Pizzas, is up for sale with Jacko himself looking for someone to carry on his (delicious) legacy.
After nearly 30 years of slinging pizzas to the people of Canberra at events big and small, Jack ‘Jacko’ McGrath is hanging up his apron.
Since 1987 he’s been in the pizza game – having been a founding partner in his original ‘Jacko’s Dial-A-Pizza’ business – and since has come to specialise in mouthwatering pizzas for events from small birthday parties to large-scale festivals like Summernats and Spilt Milk.
And now, he wants to pass the pizza paddle to someone new to continue the Jacko’s Pizza legacy.
“I’m 69 next year,” says Jacko. “I left school in ‘69, and I’m going to leave work when I’m 69.”
“I’ve got seven granddaughters, they’re looking for my time; I’ve got a farm, it’s looking for my time – and everyone wants pizza!”
The lucky buyer/s can opt to purchase the business as a whole or separately, with Jacko open to selling his three vehicles individually – the bus and two vans. The bus looks after private parties and catering jobs, while the vans take on larger-scale events like festivals, community events like the Canberra Show and footy matches.
He says the new owner/s of Jacko’s Pizza will be able to take over an established, local business, with a network of great contacts, regular jobs and contracts to large events like festivals, sporting events like AFL, NRL and rugby games, and private catering jobs. There’s even a few regular winery jobs to take on – the perfect match for a pizza business!
“We do a lot of work around Canberra,” Jacko says. “We’re flat out.”
“Every time I do an event, I pick up another one.”
As well, Jacko will be on hand for a little while to hand over his wisdom, tricks of the trade and his penchant for delicious pizzas, offering six-months ‘backup’ for the new owners.
The beauty of the business, Jacko says, is in its flexibility: “You could add extra income to your existing income because the jobs are mainly on the weekends”.
“It just depends on how much they want to do, because the jobs just keep coming in.”
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