Toppers Pizza closed out the 10th period of 2015 (Sept. 7-Oct. 4) with company systemwide sales growth of 13.3 percent. With average store sales reaching $914,000 in 2014, Toppers has seen a 23.3 percent increase in sales. Systemwide same store sales grew by 5.6 percent in the third quarter, led by franchise-owned units enjoying a more than 6.7 percent increase. Company-owned units were up 3.5 percent, marking the fifth straight quarter of same store sales increases of more than 5 percent, according to a company press release.
A Midwestern pizza chain is looking for a franchisee to expand into the Topeka area.
Mark Cairns, director of franchise development for Wisconsin-based Toppers Pizza, said the restaurant would like to find someone who can open three to five restaurants in Topeka within the next five years. Another franchisee is committed to open five restaurants in the western suburbs of Kansas City and in Lawrence, he said.
Toppers founder and CEO, Scott Gittrich can’t remember the first pizza he delivered as a driver for Domino’s Pizza in 1984. Delivering pizzas was supposed to be a part-time job for the University of Illinois student.
I had that job for two weeks and I dropped out of school. I decided, All right, I like this. This is my gig. I am going to be in the restaurant and pizza business,’ Gittrich said during an interview at the chain’s Whitewater headquarters.
The world of pizza-making is often fast-paced and frantic, and on a busy weekend night when the flour is flying and lines stretch out the door, a good pizza joint needs to know that its employees are ready to handle it all.
At Toppers Pizza, a Whitewater, Wisconsin-based chain that is enjoying impressive expansion throughout the U.S., store managers know that a busy night is no match for the unparalleled training program each team member undergoes.
No matter what kind of pizza specialty is on the menu the quest for every pizzeria is to upsell at every consumer touchpoint. But doing that and boosting the sale requires some specific strategy and best practices as there is real potential of turning off a customer.
So Pizzamarketplace.com reached out to operators with knowledge and insight and which have proven to be adept in the upsell effort.