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Last updated: September 1, 2017

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Top 30 Pizza Franchises

Best Pizza Franchises - September 2017

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Rank

Company Name

Industry

Franchising
Since

Franchise
Units

Cash
Investment

Total
Investment

Royalty
Fee

Financing
Available

Growth Prospect

Marketing Support

Training

Ongoing Support

Value

Overall Score

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Leaders

1

Donatos Pizzeria

Columbus, OH

Jeffrey Baldwin
614-416-7700
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1963

102

$25K

$380 - 671.9K

5%

Yes

 

100

 

100

 

100

 

100

 

100

100%
Increased +4

+4

 

2

Hungry Howie's Pizza

Madison Heights, MI

Jim Hearn
248-414-3300
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1973

550

$100,000

$228,000 - $432,500

5%

Yes

 

100

 

100

 

100

 

99

 

100

99.8%
Increased +15

+15

 

3

Blast 825 Pizza

Fresno, CA

Stacy Soderstrom
559-981-0721
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2013

43

$1686

$176.9 - 701.5K

4%

Yes

 

98

 

100

 

100

 

99

 

100

99.4%
Increased +16

+16

 
Strong Performers

4

Pizza Ranch

Orange City, IA

Adrie Groeneweg
712-707-8800
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1981

139

$35K

$110K - $195K

10%

Yes

 

98

 

99

 

100

 

98

 

100

99%
Increased +10

+10

 

5

Paisano's

Fairfax, Virginia

Mike Halpern
703-378-1500
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1997

13

$20K

$255 - 300K

6%

Yes

 

94

 

95

 

93

 

95

 

93

94%
Increased +6

+6

 

6

Mazzio's Italian Eatery

Tulsa, OK

Alan Shepard
918-663-8880
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1961

145

$30K

$309 - 976K

7%

Yes

 

97

 

99

 

100

 

98

 

99

98.6%
Increased +17

+17

 
Contenders

7

East of Chicago Pizza Company

Lima, OH

John Naylor
419-935-3033
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1990

71

$120K

$110 - 230K

5%

Yes

 

96

 

97

 

100

 

98

 

100

98.2%
Increased +22

+22

 

8

Domino's Pizza

Ann Arbor, MI

James Monaghan
734-930-3030
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1960

9,942

$25-25.5K

$120 - 461.7K

5-4%

Yes

 

91

 

91

 

93

 

91

 

93

91.8%
Increased +7

+7

 

9

California Pizza Kitchen

Playa Vista, CA

Rick Rosenfield
310-342-4758
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1985

167

$133K

$221,000 to $371,200

12%

Yes

 

96

 

99

 

98

 

100

 

97

98%
Increased +9

+9

 

10

D.P. Dough

Columbus, OH

Matt Crumpton
614-561-6161
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1987

23

$75,000

$201.8 - 304.8K

4%

Yes

 

96

 

98

 

96

 

100

 

98

97.6%
Decreased -2

-2

 

11

Marco's Pizza

Toledo, OH

Alex Suffron
419-885-7000
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1978

642

$150,000

$221,592 - $404,592

5.5%

Yes

 

96

 

98

 

97

 

100

 

96

97.4%
Increased +16

+16

 

12

Happy's Pizza Franchise, LLC

Farmington Hills, MI

Happy Asker
248-538-0000
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1996

112

$35K

$336,000 to $608,000

5%

Yes

 

97

 

98

 

97

 

98

 

96

97.2%
Increased +13

+13

 

13

1984

24

$1686

$150 - 450K

6%

Yes

 

97

 

98

 

97

 

96

 

97

97%
Decreased -12

-12

 

14

RedBrick Pizza

Dallas, TX

Lynn Minidis
214-302-5912
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1999

18

$25K

$199,000 - $570,800

6%

Yes

 

99

 

96

 

95

 

96

 

97

96.6%
Increased +8

+8

 

15

NYPD Pizza Restaurant

Phoenix, AZ

Nikki West
480-970-6973
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1996

253

$133K

$209,600 to $592,100

7%

Yes

 

95

 

98

 

96

 

97

 

96

96.4%
Decreased -6

-6

 

16

Buck's Pizza

Du Bois, PA

Lance Benton
814-371-3076
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1994

29

$60,000

$165,450 - $345,400

5%

Yes

 

96

 

97

 

96

 

97

 

95

96.2%
Decreased -3

-3

 

17

Toppers Pizza

Whitewater, WI

Scott Gittrich
262-473-6666
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1991

71

$150,000

$262,663 - $490,649

5.5%

Yes

 

95

 

98

 

96

 

95

 

96

96%
Decreased -5

-5

 

18

Figaro's Pizza

Salem, OR

Geoff Miller
503-371-9318
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1986

56

$35K

$123 - 398.5K

5%

Yes

 

97

 

95

 

94

 

96

 

96

95.6%
Increased +10

+10

 

19

Topper's Pizza

Whitewater, WI

Steph Allen
262-473-6666
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1991

36

$30K

$400 - 507K

5.5%

Yes

 

96

 

97

 

92

 

97

 

95

95.4%
Decreased -17

-17

 

20

Fox's Pizza Den

Murrysville, PA

Jeff Owen
724-733-7888
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1971

263

$10K

$110,550 - $210,050

$300/mo.

Yes

 

95

 

97

 

95

 

94

 

95

95.2%
Decreased -13

-13

 

21

Johnny's Pizza

West Monroe , LA

Johnny Huntsman
318-807-1358
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1965

2434

$35,000

$221,000 to $371,200

10%

Yes

 

96

 

94

 

95

 

93

 

96

94.8%
Increased +3

+3

 

22

Pizza Hut

Plano, TX

Scott Bergren
800-948-8488
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1957

14,967

$350,000

$297,000 - $2,109,000

6%

Yes

 

95

 

95

 

95

 

92

 

96

94.6%
Decreased -1

-1

 

23

Nick-N-Willy's Pizza

Salem, OR

Janie Van Winkle
503-371-9318
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1988

27

$30K

$120 - 350K

7%

Yes

 

96

 

93

 

95

 

96

 

92

94.4%
Decreased -17

-17

 

24

Sam & Louie's

Omaha, NE

Greg Nolan
402-614-4405
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1994

20

$50,000

$327,500 - $468,700

5%

Yes

 

93

 

95

 

94

 

95

 

92

93.8%
Decreased -4

-4

 

25

Persona Pizza Holdings, LLC

Santa Barbara, CA

Glenn Cybulski
305-775-9169
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2013

352

$20K

$110K - $195K

8%

Yes

 

94

 

93

 

93

 

93

 

95

93.6%
Decreased -21

-21

 

26

Blackjack Pizza

Bloomfield Hills, MI

Vince Schmuhl
248-888-7272
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1983

41

$65

$120 - 235K

15%

Yes

 

93

 

93

 

95

 

93

 

92

93.2%
Decreased -16

-16

 

27

CiCi's Pizza

Coppell, TX

Michael Iglesias
972-745-9318
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1985

462

$250,000

$443,801 - $716,580

4-6%

Yes

 

94

 

91

 

94

 

94

 

92

93%
Decreased -11

-11

 

28

Aurelio's Pizza

Homewood, IL

Joe Aurelio
708-798-0080
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1959

409

$49K

$864,000 - $1,198,000

6%

Yes

 

91

 

94

 

94

 

93

 

91

92.6%
Decreased -2

-2

 

29

Papa Murphy's Take 'N' Bake Pizza

Vancouver, WA

Rhonda McGrew
877-777-5062
More info

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1981

1420

$80,000

$264,755 - $446,171

5%

Yes

 

94

 

92

 

92

 

92

 

92

92.4%
Increased +1

+1

 

30

Little Caesars Pizza

Traverse City, MI

Marian Ilitch
231-929-2700
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1959

264

$50,000

$193,050 - $592,500

12%

Yes

 

92

 

91

 

93

 

91

 

94

92.2%
Decreased -27

-27

 
Evaluation Critieria: Best Pizza Franchise Opportunities
Growth Prospect

Many looking to invest in a business serving pizza as a primary dish are going to look for a franchise with enough experience and knowledge in the pizza business to ensure a large prospect for growth in a reasonable amount of time. We compare the historical financial performance of individual franchises and their individual franchised businesses to ensure they are experienced in achieving long-term growth.

Marketing Support

There are a large number of franchises which serve pizza as a primary dish. As a result, it is important for a pizza franchise to be competitively advertised and marketed in their target markets where their franchises are operating. We investigate the amount of capital which the franchise is investing in reaching out to their potential customers and the overall effectiveness of their advertising campaigns.

Training

Pizza restaurants often require individuals which are trained and experienced in preparing and cooking pizzas for consistent quality. We spend time researching the internal training processes and hiring methodology which franchisors provide to their franchised businesses and how much flexibility the franchisees have in determining the best method for teaching and training their employees.

Ongoing Support

Our analysis of the ongoing support provided by these franchises extends beyond the communications which the franchisees have with their franchisor and towards how this benefits all of the franchised businesses as a whole. We compare the steps taken and the amount of support provided by the top pizza franchises in addition to how franchisees feel about the overall quality of support received.

Value

As we investigate franchises during our analysis we focus on the overall value which the franchise offers to their franchisees in terms of their brand recognition and the reputation they have managed to achieve within their industry. With there being thousands of competing businesses which serve pizza in the United States, it is important to stick out with branding initiatives and a positive reputation amongst the industry.

 
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