Grant Duffield is determined to bring back the good old days of Georgie Pie taking to the streets of Tauranga this week in an effort to make it happen.
The 29-year-old Whakatane man is single-handedly collecting signatures throughout the North Island to bring back the golden pie restaurant.
Georgie Pie man Grant Duffield in Tauranga.
On Wednesday he canvassed Devonport Road hoping to entice Tauranga people into signing the petition he intends to present to McDonalds, who purchased the chain from Progressive Enterprises in 1996.
Back in July Grant had received huge support from fans collecting 2600 signatures in a little more than two weeks.
Since then the number of fans in favour of the pie chain returning has risen and Grant now has a total of more than 6000 signatures.
The Bring Back Georgie Pie Facebook page has also received more than 50,000 likes.
Fans commenting on the Bring Back Georgie Pie official website say their favourite Georgie Pie memory is the $1 pie and cheap combo options.
“I remember when we used to go there after soccer games and get the $5 combos,” commented one member.
Georgie Pie achieved a number of firsts since it’s opening in Kelston, West Auckland in 1977 including the first drive-through, the first fast-food chain to offer breakfast and the first local concept to challenge international brands.