CHEESESTEAK PRETZELS! First Philly Pretzel Factory opens in Arizona

Posted at 3:55 PM, Jul 01, 2019
and last updated 2020-01-01 12:07:58-05

PHOENIX — You don't have to bring back soft pretzels from Philadelphia anymore! Arizona's first Philly Pretzel Factory is officially open in Goodyear. How does a philly cheesesteak-stuffed pretzel sound?

Watch the video above to see how these steamy pretzels are made!

Southern New Jersey native Nancy Smith moved to Arizona five years ago with her husband, Gary Love. Every time she would return to visit family and friends, she would bring back as many Philly Pretzel Factory products as possible for her new friends in the desert. About eight months ago, she suggested to Gary that they open a PPF and here they are. The couple has plans to potentially open five factories across the Valley in the upcoming years. Future plans also include catering major events during Spring Training and building a relationship with Luke Air Force Base. Gary and Nancy are residents of Goodyear and wanted to start closer to home to learn how the industry works before they take their business statewide. Nothing at Philly Pretzel Factory will be frozen, so whatever is left at the end of every day, they will drop off at the cancer center Nancy works at or rotate delivering to local homeless shelters. Their goal is to evaluate the business plan in nine months and subsequently pursue opening the second Valley location.


  • The Philly Pretzel Factory flour is shipped to Arizona from Pennsylvania.
  • The dough is mixed then run through a machine called a stringer, forming long lines of pretzel dough.
  • The stringer cuts the dough then a worker individually twists each pretzel by hand.
  • The dough is salted and moved to a 500 degree oven.
  • Philly Pretzel Factory can make close to 500 pretzels in just six minutes.