East of Chicago Pizza

East of Chicago Pizza

Pizza
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2021 Franchise 500 Rank
N/R Not ranked last year
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Initial investment
$172K - $472K
Units as of 2015
68

Company Overview

When founder L. Scott Granneman was thinking of a name for his second pizza restaurant in Willard, Ohio, he remembered one of his customers telling him he made “the best pizza east of Chicago.” The comment stuck with Granneman, and now East of Chicago Pizza has more than 120 locations stretching as far east as Virginia. East of Chicago locations offer favorite toppings such as pepperoni and mushrooms as well as a menu of specialty pizzas like Taco (which is covered with lettuce, tomato, black olives, sour cream, cheddar cheese, beef and salsa) and dessert pizzas (Dutch Crunch apple pizza or Peanut Butter & Jelly).

About East of Chicago Pizza

Industry
Food
Related Categories
Pizza
Founded
1990
Leadership
David Crnkovich, CEO

Franchising Overview

Franchising Since
1990 (31 years)
# of employees at HQ
39
Where seeking

This company is seeking new franchisees throughout the US.

# of Units
68 (as of 2015)

Franchisor Information

Social
Facebook, Twitter
Corporate Address
121 W. High St., 12th Fl.
Lima, OH 45801

Information for Franchisees

Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a East of Chicago Pizza franchise.

Financial Requirements & Ongoing Fees

Here’s what you can expect to spend to start the business and what ongoing fees the franchisor charges throughout the life of the business.

Initial Franchise Fee
$20,000
Initial Investment
$171,900 - $472,200
Royalty Fee
5%+
Term of Agreement
10 years
Is franchise term renewable?
Yes

Financing Options

Some franchisors offer in-house financing, while others have relationships with third-party financing sources to which they refer qualified franchisees.

In-House Financing
East of Chicago Pizza offers in-house financing to cover the following: equipment
Third Party Financing
East of Chicago Pizza has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable

Training & Support Offered

Franchisors offer initial training programs and a variety of ongoing support options to help franchisees run their businesses.

On-The-Job Training
2 weeks
Classroom Training
4 weeks
Ongoing Support
Newsletter
Meetings & Conventions
Field Operations
Marketing Support
Co-op Advertising
Ad Templates
National Media
Regional Advertising
Marketing Planning & Support

Operations

Additional details about running this franchise.

Is absentee ownership allowed?
Yes
Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit?
No
Can this franchise be run part time?
No
# of employees required to run
20
Are exclusive territories available?
Yes

Franchise 500 Ranking History

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Updated: February 8th, 2021