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Businessman makes dough to make money

Pizza Guys owner Oudom Rattanachane looks over the shoulder of preparers Lorena Velasquez and Rudy Asuncion as they crank out a pie for a customer.


POSTED September 7, 2009 1:22 a.m.

Oudom Rattanachane knew he had something special when he purchased a Pizza Guys franchise within walking distance of Manteca High school.

The former Sacramento resident took over the establishment four years ago. He has wasted no time in diving into the community with both feet by supporting high school athletic programs and working to become a member of a town he is growing to love.

“The people of Manteca have really been great to me and to this business,” Rattanachane said. “We really love our customers and the students that come in here on a daily basis that help make this business what it is.”

While he hadn’t previously owned a pizza franchise before, Rattanachane gambled on an opportunity that would eventually pay off thanks to a dedicated customer base and nearby Manteca High School’s long-standing open campus lunch policy.

On weekdays it isn’t uncommon to find kids strolling past the neighboring Sadie’s Styling Salon carrying a slice or two plus a soda as they make their way back to class.

And on Wednesdays, students get the upper hand with a deal that provides them slices of their favorite pizza for only $1 a piece – a steal for the teens and a boost of business for Rattanachane.

While most business owners leave the operation of their facilities to others and just sit back and reap the rewards, it isn’t uncommon to see Rattanachane slapping dough or spreading sauce just like the rest of his crew.

 “We get a lot of supportive customers and repeat business, and just being here is a great way to make friends and get to know the people here in Manteca,” he said. “I enjoy the opportunity to be here when I am and I look forward to seeing the happy customers as they walk away.”

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