January 2, 2012 was my last day as owner of Woody's Pizza. I would like to start by saying a big thank you to all the people of Estherville who have done business with me and my family over the past 50 years. I have been fortunate in being able to go to work every day and enjoy my job. I have been able to make a living and raise my family in a great community. When I took over the family business from my parents in 1980 I had no idea how long I would be able to stay in business. We have weathered a couple recessions and the closing of a major employer in Estherville. The 80's were very interesting times to own a small business in Estherville. With the closing of John Morrell who employed around 600 people and the crash of land values during the farm crisis we were never sure if anyone was going to stay in business. For the most part, the small businesses of Estherville managed to keep things going and made it to the 90s and beyond. We are honored to be a part of that group. There are very few family owned businesses in Estherville that have managed to hit the 50 year mark. I can only think of a handful. Pretty impressive when you think of the number of businesses we have had in town over the past 50 years.
We have done business with most every other business in town at one time or another. And in return they have done business with us. Through our pizza delivery service there is probably no house in Estherville that Woody's hasn't been in over the past 50 years.
I am now proud to be turning over Woody's Pizza to a new family in Estherville. Travis and Rebecca Bates have taken over starting Jan. 3, 2012. I wish them well and hope they can continue with the long and proud tradition Woody's Pizza has been in our community.