Peggy Jean’s Pies is one step closer to #WorldPieDomination with a planned move to a bigger space at 503 E. Nifong Blvd.
The new location is expected to open by September.
Mother-daughter duo Jeanne Plumley and Rebecca Miller have co-owned the shop since 2014. With the growing popularity of their made-from-scratch pies, they decided it was time for an upgrade from their current 1,050 square-foot bakery at 3601 Buttonwood Drive.
“When we’re busy and when there’s so many people trying to work, we’re bumping into each other,” Plumley said. “I had to give up part of my own house for storage. There’s so much more that we could do that we just don’t have the space for.”
The new location on Nifong is double the size of their current space, measuring 2,100 square feet. This will give the shop a greater space for more appliances, bigger work areas and more employees.
Peggy Jean’s Pies has been gaining attention due to their highly-rated pies and strong online presence on their popular blog World Pie Domination, which has reached 100,000 readers so far.
The local shop has also drawn national attention. Peggy Jean’s white chocolate strawberry pie earned a spot on The Food Network’s 36 best pies in the U.S.
Peggy Jean’s Pies was also set to begin selling their pie crusts at select Walmart stores, but Plumley and Miller turned down the opportunity because it would have been too expensive, and they wanted to stay independent.
With all of this attention, the co-owners decided it was the right time to expand the business.
Along with the newly acquired space, the owners will also be promoting two of their current employees to management positions.
Madeline Norcross, who has been an employee of Peggy Jean’s for three summers, will become the main manager of the new shop.
“Rebecca and Jeanne are definitely my moms here,” Norcross said. “They have the sweetest, most honest relationship. It’s nice having someone I can go to for anything. They’ve been incredible.”
The duo has been working to accomplish steady growth since 2014. Plumley explained that they’ve always had a close relationship, but they still had to figure out how to work best with each other.
“She’s my only child,” Plumley said. “We had to learn. Our main rule is that we never leave the shop and go home mad at each other.”