From Our Editors
In 1999, Ray Russell opened the first FreshSlice Pizza location in British Columbia. In the ensuing decade, that maiden franchise blossomed into a Canadian institution, growing to encompass more than 70 locations across the country. As is the case in any business, the key to FreshSlice's growth was a desire to put the customer first, an emphasis on pizza served fresh, and the development of healthy options such as multigrain dough and low-fat pies. Though the menus vary by location, the franchises offer gourmet combinations such as the barbecue chicken and classic staples such as pepperoni. They also let clients select toppings to create their own pizza or mix-and-match a pie by bringing together eight slices of a different type, an ability usually available only to rainbows.