What has happened to Gregs Pizza??
Joey

Greenville, SC

#42 Jun 10, 2013
It is still the best pizza in town.
Pizza Lover

Johnson City, TN

#43 Aug 12, 2013
I used to be a Greg's customer but since the new owner took over it has not been the same. I was told about Papa Murphys pizza across the parking lot next to longhorn. I'm sold, although you have to bake it yourself it is easy. Comes on it's own tray. Product is fresh and they give you more toppings and cheese at half the price of greg's.
longbowhunter

Johnson City, TN

#44 Aug 14, 2013
GREGS PIZZA was a legend...but that time has past. Last 3 times there,the prices were higher and the food was worse. As to the person insisting that the prices havent changed...maybe you need to check and see what your employees are charging,because the last 3 times I went the prices were higher than they've ever been in the 30 years I've been eating there....which wouldn't be a problem is the quality was still there. Rude,incompetent new employees,old burnt food,and higher prices means GREGS PIZZA has gone the way of the Dodo and POOR RICHARDS. Oh well...it was a good run.
James

Knoxville, TN

#45 Sep 3, 2013
smarty wrote:
Has anybody noticed gregs pizza is different now in a not so good way? I know the owner sold to someone new but I think they are using cheaper cheese and its not as good
yes I agree they have ruined the best ever pizza and subs little to no toppings and the subs now are not even worth ordering. What a shame low quality ingredients, well another landmark gets destroyed by greed
boss

Johnson City, TN

#46 Sep 3, 2013
22.00 for a large. I am done with them.
MurpheysFlaw

Kingsport, TN

#47 Sep 6, 2013
boss wrote:
22.00 for a large. I am done with them.
Right, boss. Back in the day, the pizzas might have been worth the extra cost. But now, the pizzas are flat and uninspired, the spaghetti is lumpy, and the waiting time is ridiculous. I'm sorry they have become so lame. I don't know why they have gotten so bad, but I won't go back there again, and I was a customer since 1973. Anybody got a good suggestion on a replacement? To be honest, if you buy a cheap Food City pizza and dress it up a little, it's much better than their offering! Any suggestions?
Danny Boy

Cleveland, TN

#48 Sep 6, 2013
MurpheysFlaw wrote:
<quoted text>Right, boss. Back in the day, the pizzas might have been worth the extra cost. But now, the pizzas are flat and uninspired, the spaghetti is lumpy, and the waiting time is ridiculous. I'm sorry they have become so lame. I don't know why they have gotten so bad, but I won't go back there again, and I was a customer since 1973. Anybody got a good suggestion on a replacement? To be honest, if you buy a cheap Food City pizza and dress it up a little, it's much better than their offering! A Pizzny suggestions?


They made their name before there were pizza places on every corner that cater to individual tastes. As kids, when my uncle use to bring back a Gregs Pizza we were in heaven and stuffed to the gills. Now when I order pizza I want extra thin crust and tastier toppings. The thought of Gregs Pizza, with all the extra dough and cheese makes me ill.
Ex-gregs pizza fan

Elizabethton, TN

#49 Sep 15, 2013
im done with gregs pizza, all i ever liked was the meatball sandwhiches and they fucked those up too

the meatballs are different, they taste different, they are smaller, and to top it all off the sandwhiches are even smaller, and its the same price

its a real shame that they expect us to keep paying the same price all while they are giving us less food

ive found better meatball sandwiches anyway, crazy tomato, dinos and even subways is better compared to the mcdonalds meat gregs uses now

its a ripoff
Cyclone

Johnson City, TN

#50 Sep 15, 2013
Pizza Lover wrote:
I used to be a Greg's customer but since the new owner took over it has not been the same. I was told about Papa Murphys pizza across the parking lot next to longhorn. I'm sold, although you have to bake it yourself it is easy. Comes on it's own tray. Product is fresh and they give you more toppings and cheese at half the price of greg's.
I remember that guy from college. He was housesitting one weekend and invited me over. when I showed up with a girl he wouldn't let us in. I banged and banged and he hid. I thought he was just being a cock block but now I think he had his own plans that didn't include me showing up with a date. Johnson City sheesh. It must be something in the water. Explains a lot about the guy though.
Darrell from Elizabethon

Auburndale, FL

#52 Aug 4, 2014
New owners have ruined an icon. Poor attitudes and even poorer quality with increased prices. Too many female also. Greg's has always been run by guys. Back in the day when the food was excellent it was ALL guys working.
Pepsid

Kingsport, TN

#53 Aug 6, 2014
Darrell from Elizabethon wrote:
New owners have ruined an icon. Poor attitudes and even poorer quality with increased prices. Too many female also. Greg's has always been run by guys. Back in the day when the food was excellent it was ALL guys working.
I agree, the legend of Greg's has gone away. Back in the day, they were the premier pizza, hands down. I dunno about the girls working there, just know the pizza ain't what it used to be and I won't blame it on the employees.
I blame it on the owner being greedy, cutting corners and resulting in lame pizza. It is obvious that they face a lot more competition than before, but lowering the standards won't work. A Greg's used to be worth paying the extra bucks, but now, it's just not fit. I sure do miss the good old greasy tasteful Greg's Pizza that was an icon. At least our taste buds remember! I guess it's just like everything else....remember when a Big Mac was the size of a catcher's mitt? Some call it progress, I call it big business.
In Agreement

Jonesborough, TN

#54 Dec 19, 2014
Pepsid wrote:
<quoted text>I agree, the legend of Greg's has gone away. Back in the day, they were the premier pizza, hands down. I dunno about the girls working there, just know the pizza ain't what it used to be and I won't blame it on the employees.
I blame it on the owner being greedy, cutting corners and resulting in lame pizza. It is obvious that they face a lot more competition than before, but lowering the standards won't work. A Greg's used to be worth paying the extra bucks, but now, it's just not fit. I sure do miss the good old greasy tasteful Greg's Pizza that was an icon. At least our taste buds remember! I guess it's just like everything else....remember when a Big Mac was the size of a catcher's mitt? Some call it progress, I call it big business.
i agree with this....i dont go as much as I used to but all the same old employees are still there and always talk about how they try their best to "keep things classic" as one guy told me, with the changing environment of their work and the strictness they forced into nowadays
DammmitDave

United States

#55 Dec 20, 2014
I'm afraid Greg's is a victim of the pressures of the marketplace with so many corporate establishments taking over. They are still hanging in there and I applaud them. You see, the corporate businesses can either win or lose in an area with no long lasting effects, with support from the tax laws while a local business will go under with no hope of coming back. Call it a change for the better, but I disagree. Remember the good old Mom and Pop stores we used to have on nearly every corner? Back then they could survive on credit to the customer, but that has been replaced by credit cards at what was once considered usary rates. They are gone because of the same big business chain establishments bullying them out of the competition. True capitalism has been replaced by lazy parasitic shareholders and ruthless corporations calling the shots. This isn't progress, it is a return to feudalism.
UT MBA

Johnson City, TN

#56 Dec 20, 2014
DammmitDave wrote:
I'm afraid Greg's is a victim of the pressures of the marketplace with so many corporate establishments taking over. They are still hanging in there and I applaud them. You see, the corporate businesses can either win or lose in an area with no long lasting effects, with support from the tax laws while a local business will go under with no hope of coming back. Call it a change for the better, but I disagree. Remember the good old Mom and Pop stores we used to have on nearly every corner? Back then they could survive on credit to the customer, but that has been replaced by credit cards at what was once considered usary rates. They are gone because of the same big business chain establishments bullying them out of the competition. True capitalism has been replaced by lazy parasitic shareholders and ruthless corporations calling the shots. This isn't progress, it is a return to feudalism.
First of all they were the only place in town when I was a kid and their carry out business was fantastic. However Pizza Hut came to town and there was more choice. Also, instead of three guys earning minimum wage and charging $12 a pie there were hundreds of restaurant employees in Johnson City making and delivering pizza. Your wistful nostalgia fails to recognize that without these corporate competitors all those kids would be jobless.
DammmitDave

United States

#57 Dec 20, 2014
UT MBA wrote:
<quoted text>
First of all they were the only place in town when I was a kid and their carry out business was fantastic. However Pizza Hut came to town and there was more choice. Also, instead of three guys earning minimum wage and charging $12 a pie there were hundreds of restaurant employees in Johnson City making and delivering pizza. Your wistful nostalgia fails to recognize that without these corporate competitors all those kids would be jobless.
Yep along came Pizza Hut and plenty more corporate chain pizza parlors, ruining the whole thing. Now we have a bunch of employees making chump change slapping together pizzas and running them out, and many of them are not just kids trying to make a buck; they are grown folk trying to make ends meet. Thanks to corporate greed, these are fine examples of the only jobs available.
Jobacca

Cookeville, TN

#58 Dec 21, 2014
DammmitDave wrote:
I'm afraid Greg's is a victim of the pressures of the marketplace with so many corporate establishments taking over. They are still hanging in there and I applaud them. You see, the corporate businesses can either win or lose in an area with no long lasting effects, with support from the tax laws while a local business will go under with no hope of coming back. Call it a change for the better, but I disagree. Remember the good old Mom and Pop stores we used to have on nearly every corner? Back then they could survive on credit to the customer, but that has been replaced by credit cards at what was once considered usary rates. They are gone because of the same big business chain establishments bullying them out of the competition. True capitalism has been replaced by lazy parasitic shareholders and ruthless corporations calling the shots. This isn't progress, it is a return to feudalism.
I'm sorry,but thats bullshit. GREGS PIZZA tasted exactly the same for over 30 years...and the prices always kept pace with the economy/inflation and were always fair....until the recent buyout. New owners jacked up the prices and started cutting corners on the quality and THATS why the business that had been making money hand over fist for decades is now suffering.
Inside Intel from Where

Jonesborough, TN

#59 Dec 24, 2014
Jobacca wrote:
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THATS why the business that had been making money hand over fist for decades is now suffering.
And how exactly do you, or anyone else in this thread for that matter, know what kind of business performance Greg's Pizza has done, both before and after the buyout? It's all conjecture to assume anything on that basis...to claim it is suffering simply aids your own agenda in implying that it is a declining business.
But then again, I am not saying that these things AREN'T true - because again, I don't know, and to say I did know would be more conjecture.
Pizza Guy

Johnson City, TN

#60 Dec 24, 2014
I love pizza, somewhat of a pizza coniseur, lived in Johnson City for 54 years, and have probably tasted all pizza offerings in this town. For whatever its worth, here is my top ten list:

1. Mad Greek - their pizza, stomboli and calzones are simply the best.
2. Greg's Pizza - I grew up on Greg's pizza and it still tastes great to me.
3. Beef O' Brady's - believe it or not, they serve great pizza. I don't like anything else there, but the pizza is great.
4. Simms Pizza - great take-out pizza.
5. Mellow Mushroom - kind of thick, but still pretty good.
6. Caraba's - they make a great thin pizza.
7. Village Inn Pizza - another hard to believe one, but it does taste good.
8. Scratch Pizza - pretty good pizza, but not the best.
9. Pizza -N- Gyro's - pretty good pizza, service could be better.
10. Pizza Hut - the only reason I even place them on this list is due to their thin crust pizza. It is great. However, the facilities, the service and the cleanliness are horrible.

If you ever eat in a Pizza Plus, plan on not feeling well afterward. Papa John's is too tomatoey. Lil Caesar's doesn't taste very well either.
David

Zirconia, NC

#61 Jan 22, 2015
Gregs has most def. Went down hill, but still beats all others by a country mile..
Kingsport Man

Kingsport, TN

#62 Jun 26, 2015
Took my son last week to Gregg's Pizza in Johnson City he was leaving for the Air Force so that's what he wanted to eat before he left. There was and older Gentlemen taking our order was very rude, ask for water to clean the tables outside his reply there is water in the machines outside. will not go back to Greggs.

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