Fort Mill is getting a new pizza restaurant, one of several openings at Fort Mill Square.
We have recently signed leases with Toppers Pizza, Sport Clips and Regional Finance at the Fort Mill Square small shop building, said Kelley Glenn with WSB Retail Partners. Also, Five Star Nails is now open for business.
Backed by a Superior Product and Quick Delivery, Tony Ellis Will Guide the Brand into the Next Generation of Technology
Whitewater, Wis. Boldly positioned on every pizza box that lands in the hands of hungry customers, Toppers Pizza’s rallying cry says it all: Never Settle.
It might seem like a simple phrase, but it carries huge meaning. Never Settle serves as the guiding mantra for everything Toppers does. From the food and customer service to delivery and technology, it’s about being the very best at what they do and that’s leading the better-pizza category. Now, as Toppers continues to embark on a quest to gain the upper hand in a competitive industry, the brand is proud to announce the recent hire of Tony Ellis, Toppers’ first-ever Vice President of Information Technology. As a key member of the leadership team, his job is to take the brand’s overall technology strategy, innovation and execution to the next level.
Experienced Multi-Brand Franchisees Introduce Colorado and Wyoming to Better Pizza
Whitewater, Wis. Since 1991, Toppers Pizza has thrived throughout the Midwest by creating its own sweet spot: be the little guy that people are proud to call their pizza place and the growing chain that delivers what customers want. For nearly 25 years, this meant satiating hungry pizza lovers with bold, innovative flavors and high-quality ingredients’all delivered fast by friendly, passionate people. It’s a tactic that continues to work year after year’most recently, the 2016 Technomic Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report ranked Toppers as one of the top-five fastest-growing brands in the entire limited-service pizza restaurant category. Now, as Toppers continues to compete against some of the industry’s biggest chains, the brand is taking its better pizza out West’for the first time ever, Toppers will be making its way to Colorado and Wyoming.
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U.S. Units: 73
U.S. Franchised Units: 48
Systemwide Sales: $57,575,030
Franchise Fee: $30,000
Total Start-Up Costs: $260,000$490,000
Royalty: 5.5% of net sales
Renewal Fee: None
Marketing Fee: 3%
Toppers has earned a cult following among Millennials alongside steady unit growth. Over the last three years, the chain has doubled its store count, while 73 percent of all Toppers stores scored record sales results in 2015. That sales success pushed Toppers’ systemwide AUV above $872,000.
Toppers director of franchise development Mark Cairns says his chain, which favors experienced restaurant operators and successful multiunit franchisees, is built to scale and support its franchise partners. To wit: the Whitewater, Wisconsinbased company boasts a franchising support model that features a 2:1 ratio of stores to Toppers support staff.
Toppers has already invested in IT, operations, and marketing support staff now to support the future growth [of its franchisees], Cairns says, adding that the chain aims to hit 700 U.S. stores within the next 10 years.
According to FBR, 84 percent of Toppers franchisees own multiple units, while nearly half own four or more restaurants. Further, 100 percent of franchisees trust and respect the company’s senior management team led by energetic founder Scott Gittrich.
The company is really driven by his personality, Stites says of Gittrich.
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