Popular Family Pizza Concept Earns the #8 Spot in Pizza Rankings
Newport Beach, CA (RestaurantNews.com) Mountain Mike’s Pizza, LLC, a leading family-style pizza chain with more than 200 franchised restaurants throughout California and the Western U.S., known for serving “Pizza the way it oughta be®”, is proud to announce it has been ranked #154 of the nation’s top 500 franchises in Entrepreneur magazine’s coveted 2019 Franchise 500® List, to which over 1,000 companies applied. In addition to landing in the top 30% of franchise brands overall, Mountain Mike’s Pizza is ranked #8 within the extremely competitive pizza segment. In its 40th year, Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 is the world’s most comprehensive franchise ranking, honoring companies for their exceptional performance in areas such as unit growth, financial strength and stability, and brand power.
“Being this is the first time Mountain Mike’s has applied for Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500, and the first full year of business since the brand was acquired in 2017, we’re thrilled to be recognized among the best franchise systems in the nation,” said Chris Britt and Ed St. Geme, Co-CEOs and Principal Owners of Mountain Mike’s Pizza. “Celebrating 40 years of success, Mountain Mike’s is an established and beloved family pizza concept that continues to achieve impressive unit growth and positive systemwide sales year over year. We are encouraged by what we’ve accomplished so far and have big development plans for 2019 and beyond.”
With a proven area development franchise model perfected over four decades, Mountain Mikes has experienced a 10% surge in total system sales for the past two years and anticipates increased traffic and profitability for the foreseeable future. Having opened a total of 17 new stores in 2018 with zero closures, Mountain Mike’s Pizza surpassed its 200th unit milestone and will continue its momentum with the expected opening of more than 27 new locations in 2019.
“As we celebrate 40 years of producing the Franchise 500, it’s a good opportunity to step back and look at how much has changed since that first ranking in 1980,” says Jason Feifer, editor in chief of Entrepreneur. “While the franchise business model has changed little, the strongest franchise brands are constantly evolving and innovating to keep up with changing trends and technology.”
After 40 years in business, Mountain Mike’s Pizza is uniquely positioned as an established brand on the rise within the highly competitive pizza segment that generates $45.73 billion in the U.S. each year according to PMQ Pizza Magazine. While other national chains focus on delivery and take-out, Mountain Mike’s Pizza offers families those same options plus a casual dining experience in a comfortable atmosphere. In addition to the Entrepreneur ranking, last year the brand took the #30 spot in Nation Restaurant News’ Top 50 Brands Ranked by Customer Loyalty, proving that fans continue to patronize Mountain Mike’s Pizza because of a real desire to experience the brand, as opposed to convenience alone.
Jim Metevier, President & COO of Mountain Mike’s Pizza, added, “Our consistently strong sales and growing pipeline is proof that there is a real demand for a family-friendly pizza experience that Mountain Mike’s provides. We’re looking forward to expanding into markets in need of family-centered dining options, and welcoming new franchise partners to the Mountain Mike’s family.”
The over 200-unit brand is primed to continue expansion in existing and untapped markets by extending opportunities to both longtime franchisees and new franchise partners looking to expand their portfolios with a popular family pizza concept. To learn more about investing in the brand, visit www.mountainmikespizza.com/franchising.
About Mountain Mike’s Pizza
After opening its inaugural restaurant in Palo Alto, California in 1978, Mountain Mike’s Pizza has become known for its inviting, family-friendly atmosphere and delicious pizza made using simple, fresh and quality ingredients. After four decades, Mountain Mike’s remains steadfast in its commitment to serve and deliver the freshest and tastiest pizzas on the West Coast, and has grown to more than 200 units in California, Oregon, Nevada and Utah. With a menu of superb pizza, wings, sides and more, as well as a fresh salad bar and selection of wine and beer, Mountain Mike’s offers a comfortable dine-in experience for lunch and dinner in addition to online ordering, takeout and delivery. For more of the latest, visit www.mountainmikes.com or check out Mountain Mike’s on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.