Toppers Pizza

2015 Franchise 500
At a Glance

Products & Services: Pizza, breadsticks, wings

Number of Locations: 66

Total Investment: $262.7K - $490.6K

Founded: 1991

Began Franchising: 2000

About Toppers Pizza

Scott Gittrich got his start in the pizza world working as a deliver driver for Domino's while attending the University of Illinois in 1984. He worked his way up to director of operations for a group of Domino's franchises before deciding in 1991 to open his own pizza restaurant: Toppers. The company began franchising in 2000.

Toppers' menu features specialty pizzas with toppings such as French-fried onions, oven-roasted tomatoes, mac 'n cheese and tater tots, along with the company's signature cheesy breadsticks called Topperstix.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2015 66 0 0 0
2014 62 0 0 0
2013 49 0 0 0
2012 44 0 0 0
2011 28 0 0 0
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units in the following states:
Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Midwest, Northeast, South, Southeast, Southwest, West, Wisconsin.

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $262,663 - $490,649
Franchise Fee: $30,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 5.5%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 5 years, renewable
Veteran Incentives: $10,000 off franchise fee
Financial Requirements
Net Worth: $750,000 - $1,000,000
Liquid Cash Available: $350,000 - $500,000
80% of all franchisees own more than one unit. Absentee ownership of franchise is NOT allowed. (100% of current franchisees are owner/operators).
Financing Type In-House Third Party
Franchise Fee
Startup Costs
Accounts Receivable

How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: Available at headquarters: 30 days.
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations, Purchasing cooperatives, Lease Negotiation
Marketing Support: Co-op advertising, Ad slicks, National media, Regional advertising,
Other marketing support: Direct mail

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #364 (2015), #388 (2014), #343 (2013), #335 (2011),