Courtice Pizza Nova franchisee raises $3,200 for mental health

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Published August 5, 2022 at 12:37 pm

A long-time Pizza Nova franchisee wasted little time in giving back to the community after opening his second location in Courtice, with $3,200 raised on the new store’s July 25 grand opening funneled into local mental health initiatives.

Jawaid (Joe) Said, who has been a franchisee for the pizza chain since 1999, offered medium pizzas for $3.99 on grand opening day, with all proceeds going to the Canadian Mental Health Association of Durham.


The new restaurant, located at 1649 Durham Regional Road 2 at Trulls Road, is the 14th in Durham.

“I made the decision to invest in Pizza Nova many years ago and it’s been a great choice,” says Said. “Our first location has done well over the years and I’m very excited to open up this second location with my family by my side helping to serve existing and new customers.”

Grand opening day featured a balloon artist and an accordionist Lucio Raggiunti, who transported guests into the heart of Italian music folklore and culture.

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