Oklahoma City pizza restaurant to provide opportunities for employees with disabilities

Dale Rogers Training Center has partnered with Papa Murphy's pizza franchise to open a restaurant run by the center's clients with disabilities.
BY HILLARY MCLAIN hmclain@opubco.com Published: July 11, 2013
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The Dale Rogers Training Center is partnering with the Papa Murphy's pizza chain to open and own a franchise in Oklahoma City, with a grand opening set for Thursday through Sunday.

The store, 2220 NW 23, will be operated by the center's clients with disabilities. The employees will greet customers, take orders, assemble the take'n'bake pizzas and complete transactions.

At least 15 employees will soon be working at the store, said Deborah Copeland, director of communications and training for the center.

The grand opening will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 8 p.m. Thursday and Sunday, but end at 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The festivities include prizes for customers and a live radio remote, Copeland said.

This store will serve as a model for similar operations, Copeland said, while providing jobs for people with disabilities.

Dale Roger Training Center, has plans to open another store in the metro and also wants to serve as a national model, she said.

“Our Papa Murphy's restaurant is unique because our mission is to hire people with disabilities. We have the same standards expected from every other Papa Murphy's store and crew members,” Connie McGoodwin, the center's executive director, said in a statement.