Pie Five Pizza, which invites customers to customize their pizzas, has opened in the new shopping strip in the 700 block of South Fifth Street, behind the In-N-Out Burger restaurant.

The Waco restaurant is the third Pie Five for franchisees Chirag Patel and Sudesh Patidar, who own locations in Georgetown and Pflugerville, according to a press release.

“Waco is such a great town and it’s been growing like crazy. But they still don’t have a pizza concept like Pie Five,” Patel wrote in the press release.

The pizzeria donated 50 percent of the proceeds from pre-opening events Monday and Tuesday to Communities in Schools of the Heart of Texas, a nonprofit group whose mission is to support students and encourage them to stay in school.

Pie Five’s concept allows guests to create their own pizza, choosing from more than 40 fresh toppings, seven sauces and four made-from-scratch crusts. Pie Five also offers guests 10 signature pizzas.

Former Wild West space

Waco businessman Trent Weaver has struck deals on thousands of square feet of retail and restaurant space he owns at University Parks Drive, Franklin Avenue and Mary Avenue.

He said the Pura Vida Day Spa and Salon will relocate from 708 Austin Ave. to the building at 115 Mary Ave., most recently occupied by the Wild West nightclub. He said Pura Vida has signed a lease on about 3,700 square feet on the building’s first floor.

Meanwhile, Giddy Up Glamour, which previously had indicated an interest in taking 1,700 square feet between Bicycle World and Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, has signed a lease on 4,500 square feet beside Pura Vida Day Spa in the Wild West structure.

Giddy Up Glamour, which sells clothing, jewelry and novelty items, has other locations in the Fort Worth Stockyards, Nacogdoches, College Station and Athens. It is family-owned, representing a collaboration of Nancy and Gary Christian, Weaver said.

Weaver said Giddy Up Glamour also has created a loyal following online, selling merchandise from customers and Facebook followers from around the world, including Russia, Australia, Thailand, the United Kingdom, Italy and Japan.

A chain called Sub Zero Ice Cream and Yogurt, which makes product instantly for customers using liquid nitrogen, will take the 1,700 square feet that Giddy Up Glamour had intended to occupy.

The company was founded by a husband-and-wife team in Utah that has seen franchises spread across the United States and into the United Arab Emirates, according to the SubZero website.

Weaver said he will market about 12,000 square feet on the second floor of the Wild West site, which he thinks would serve well as office or retail space.

He also has 17,000 square feet available on the second floor of the building that houses Torchy’s Taco Shop and Bicycle World.

AARP driving course

Waco-based Insurors of Texas is offering an AARP Smart Driver course for those wanting to improve their driving proficiency.

It will be taught by certified instructor Karla White from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 15 in the company’s community room at 225 S. Fifth St., according to a press release.

Participants will learn defensive driving skills; safety strategies; proper use of safety belts, air bags, anti-lock brakes and new technologies; rules of the road specific to Central Texas; and how to manage and accommodate common age-related changes in hearing, vision and reaction time.

Clay Pot headed downtown

The popular Clay Pot restaurant that specializes in Vietnamese cuisine is relocating from Interstate 35 near the Baylor University campus to 416 Franklin Ave. in downtown Waco.

A building permit has been issued for renovation of the space there at an estimated cost of $200,000. Management of Clay Pot said it will move into its new space in about two months.

Panera Bread deal

Panera Bread, which has two locations in Waco, will be bought by JAB Holding Company in a deal valued at $7.5 billion. JAB also owns Krispy Kreme, Keurig Green Mountain Inc., Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Caribou Coffee and Espresso House.

St. Louis-based Panera Bread, meanwhile, is part of a chain that includes 2,036 locations in 46 states and Ontario, Canada, operating under the Panera Bread, Saint Louis Bread or Paradise Bakery & Cafe names, according to a company press release.

“By any measure, Panera has been one of the most successful restaurant companies in history. What started as one 400-square-foot cookie store in Boston has grown to a system with over 2,000 units, approximately $5 billion in sales and over 100,000 associates,” Panera founder and CEO Ron Shaich said in the press release.

“In more than 25 years as a publicly traded company, Panera has created significant shareholder value.”

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