This is a continuing weekly series that highlights members of the Anadarko Chamber of Commerce. You can see last week’s member story by clicking here.
This interview was conducted with Ron Hargrave, general manager, of Pizza Hut in Anadarko.
Ron Hargrave, general manager of Pizza Hut in Anadarko.
How long have you been in business?
I’ve been working here for 21 years and the Pizza Hut has been in this location 25 years.
Why did you choose Anadarko?
I first moved here in 1991 and I am originally from North Carolina. I was in the army for 15 years. My wife is from Indiahoma and she has family in this area so that is part of why we decided to move here.
In your words describe your business:
Pizza Hut is the largest pizza company in the world. As the general manager, I do everything like count money, serve customers, hire employees and handle complaints.
Any recent updates at your business?
The building has been here 25 years and it has not been updated at all until the last month. I asked our owner for a remodel because our biggest complaint was the booths. Originally, we thought the renovation would take a month but it only took three weeks. We’re happy to be open again for our customers.
Recently remodeled interior is more modern and bright.
What is your biggest challenge in running this business?
One of our biggest challenges is finding employees who want to work and then once they are here for awhile getting them to stay.
What is the most rewarding part about your job?
When the customer has had a great experience and there are no complaints. We want to make sure that they are happy.
If you had a magic wand to fix anything in your business or the city what would you do?
Finding something for the kids to do would be great. Business wise we want to be able to offer the highest quality product for the best price.
Why is it important to join the Anadarko Chamber?
The Chamber makes the community grow and it helps the city out by getting business input on creating a shared vision. Businesses have to give back to support our community.
Anything you would like to share with our audience?
From me personally I want to thank everyone for their patronage at our store and if they have any questions to please contact me. I’m here to make sure everyone is taken care of. We are open every day at 10:30 a.m. and close at 10:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and we are open until 11:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at 925 S. Mission in Anadarko. Call to place your order at 405-247-7385.