Donatos Pizza

At a Glance

Products & Services: Pizza, subs, salads

Number of Locations: 153

Total Investment: $385K - $546.9K

Founded: 1963

Began Franchising: 1991

About Donatos Pizza

With $1,300, Ohio State University sophomore Jim Grote bought a small pizzeria in Columbus, Ohio, in 1963 and named it Donatos Pizza. He began franchising the concept in 1991. In 1999, McDonald's purchased Donatos, but the Grote family bought it back in 2003. The company continues to franchise throughout the Midwest, South and Southeast, with franchised locations serving pizza, subs, salads and desserts.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2013 101 0 0 52
2012 105 0 0 51
2011 111 0 0 65
2010 113 0 0 65
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units in the following states:
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Midwest, North Carolina, South, South Carolina, Southeast, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia.

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $385,000 - $546,900
Franchise Fee: $25,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 5%
Term of Franchise Agreement: Term of agreement not renewable

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #250 (2012), #295 (2011), #298 (2010),
Fastest-Growing: #46 (2011),