Faced with diminished job prospects, millennials are increasingly partnering with their parents in the franchising world.
When hungry pizza eaters walk, run or sometimes stagger into Whitewater’s Toppers Pizza, they also move past Toppers Pizza’s World Headquarters- where people from all over the country have come through to learn how they can help the company grow.
Toppers Pizza has signed on two new franchisees and longtime “pizza people,” who collectively are planning to open 35 locations in Colorado,Wyoming, Virginia and Maryland.
The best pizza everyone’s ever tried is pushing closer to the coasts and expanding its reach as a national player in the franchise restaurant business.
Toppers Pizza owner Scott Gittrich said the goal of his Whitewater-based firm is to grow to between 500 and 800 franchise locations in the next 10 years. Toppers currently has 76 stores in 13 states.
WASHINGTON ‘ Washington’s already crowded field of pizza places is getting another, and this one plans a major push into the Washington market.
Wisconsin-based Toppers Pizza says it will open 22 locations in Northern Virginia and Maryland, starting with five locations in Northern Virginia next year.
Whitewater, WI (RestaurantNews.com) For the past 25 years, Toppers Pizza has been successfully stealing business from the big guys in the competitive pizza industry, and now, with the recent signing of former Domino’s Pizza franchisee and Papa John’s exec Mike McLaughlin and his wife Helen, the brand is recruiting some of the industry’s leading talent as new franchisees to blaze the Toppers Pizza trail into new territory.
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.
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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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Wisconsin-based Toppers Pizza plans to open its first area location on June 28. The company took a spot in Mission Crossing, 6027A Metcalf Ave., Mission.
Backed by a Better Product, Enhanced Technology and Drive to Never Settle, Toppers Emerges as a Leader in Competitive Pizza Industry
Whitewater, WI (Restaurant News Release) As the world’s major pizza chains race to be the best low-cost provider of all things pizza to all people everywhere, Scott Gittrich, the founder and CEO of Toppers Pizza, realized an unmet need. People craved something more than cheap, homogenous delivery’they wanted a better-tasting pizza and they wanted it fast. By taking the quality ingredients and innovative concepts often seen in the fast-casual world and offering it to their customers through quick delivery, Toppers emerged as a fierce competitor in the $40 billion pizza industry’and so far, this plan of attack is working. Backed by a better pizza, enhanced technology and steadfast growth plans, Toppers is well on its way to dominating the competition: the 2016 Technomic Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report recently ranked Toppers as one of the top-five fastest-growing brands in the entire limited-service pizza restaurant category.