With the experienced learned over the course of their 17 years in business, Bruce and Linda Turton decided it was time to venture out on their own and breakaway from the franchise to start their own company. Their second oldest daughter, Melissa Small took on the task of opening the first location of Small Town Pizza.
Success continued, and being a privately owned company allowed for them to maintain family-friendly prices and support their community in various ways. Small Town Pizza was thriving and community and customer feedback was great so the family decided it was time to expand Small Town Pizza to Palmerston as well. In July 2013, Small Town Pizza opened its doors in Palmerston.