Campaigner pleads for Georgie Pie return

JOHN ANTHONY
Last updated 05:00 14/11/2012
Georgie Pie campaigner Grant Duffield
ROBERT CHARLES/Fairfax NZ
ON A MISSION: Whakatane Pak ’n Save employee Grant Duffield is in New Plymouth petitioning to get restaurant chain Georgie Pie back up and running

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One man's solo quest to bring dissolved restaurant chain Georgie Pie back from the dead has reached New Plymouth.

Since June, Whakatane resident Grant Duffield has been touring New Zealand petitioning to get the popular pie chain back up and running.

McDonald's bought out Georgie Pie in 1996 and within two years closed all 32 outlets throughout New Zealand.

Those closures pained Mr Duffield.

"As a kid and a teen I liked their pies and desserts and thickshakes. No other pie has come close," Mr Duffield said.

So far he had gathered nearly 12,000 signatures throughout New Zealand.

When Mr Duffield collected 6000 signatures a few months back, he took them to McDonald's management to show how much support existed for Georgie Pie.

McDonald's representatives told Mr Duffield he had proven his point and should stop petitioning but Mr Duffield didn't let up.

He said his next goal was to reach 20,000 signatures and he would keep petitioning until he saw a result.

"I will keep going for however long it takes."

Mr Duffield said he works at Whakatane Pak 'n Save from 3pm to 3am, four days on, four days off.

He spends his four days off as well as his earnings travelling the country gathering signatures, he said.

"I don't really want to go into how much it's cost me but with things like petrol it's probably more than $2000."

Since arriving in New Plymouth on Monday, Mr Duffield had collected 300 signatures, he said.

"There's people out there who just want to see it back and they appreciate what I'm doing."

A "Bring Back Georgie Pie" Facebook page has nearly 52,000 likes.

The first Georgie Pie restaurant was opened in Kelston, Auckland, in 1977 by Progressive Enterprises. The chain was particularly popular for its $1 "small pie" with its distinctively solid and flake-free pastry to help avoid spills and mess.

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