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2021 Franchise 500 Rank
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Initial investment
$292K - $531K
Units as of 2017
77 16.7% over 3 years

Company Overview

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.

About Toppers Pizza

Industry
Food
Related Categories
Pizza
Founded
1991
Leadership
Scott Gittrich, CEO

Franchising Overview

Franchising Since
2000 (21 years)
# of employees at HQ
45
Where seeking

This company is seeking new franchisees in the following US states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin

# of Units
77 (as of 2017)

Franchisor Information

Corporate Address
333 W. Center St.
Whitewater, WI 53190

Information for Franchisees

Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a Toppers 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
$30,000
Initial Investment
$292,146 - $530,652
Net Worth Requirement
$750,000 - $1,000,000
Cash Requirement
$350,000 - $500,000
Veteran Incentives
$10,000 off franchise fee
Royalty Fee
5.5%
Ad Royalty Fee
4%
Term of Agreement
5 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.

Third Party Financing
Toppers Pizza has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, payroll

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
188 hours
Classroom Training
18 hours
Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-ops
Newsletter
Meetings & Conventions
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Online Support
Security & Safety Procedures
Lease Negotiation
Field Operations
Site Selection
Proprietary Software
Franchisee Intranet Platform
Marketing Support
Co-op Advertising
Ad Templates
National Media
Regional Advertising
Marketing Planning & Support
Social Media
SEO
Website Development
Email Marketing
Loyalty Program/App

Operations

Additional details about running this franchise.

Is absentee ownership allowed?
No
Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit?
No
Can this franchise be run part time?
No
Are exclusive territories available?
Yes

Franchise 500 Ranking History

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Updated: February 8th, 2021