Leading Family-Style Pizza Chain Enters the Centennial State with Six Locations in Development
Newport Beach, CA (RestaurantNews.com) Mountain Mike’s Pizza, a leading California-based family-style pizza chain for more than 40 years, known for its legendary crispy, curly pepperonis, Mountain-sized pizzas, and dough made fresh daily, is proudly opening new restaurants in Colorado after signing a pair of three-store deals for franchise locations in both the Greater Denver Metropolitan area and throughout the Colorado Springs area. The expansion into Colorado maintains tremendous brand momentum for the growing pizza chain and follows years of record sales, as Mountain Mike’s continues to experience a mile-high demand for its mouthwatering pizzas and family-friendly atmosphere. The two development deals were inked by entrepreneurial husband-and-wife teams Chris and Rocio Plucinski of Castle Rock and Isaac and Allie Brandon of Colorado Springs. The first Mountain Mike’s Pizza in Colorado is expected to open in Parker in May 2023.
“We are proud to be growing Mountain Mike’s Pizza with strong, community-minded business leaders, and our partnerships with focused, industry-savvy and dedicated franchisees like the Plucinskis and Brandons allow us to bring the brand to new markets like Colorado, where we expect to ‘peak’ thanks to best-in-class planning, proven measures and talented people leading the climb,” said Chris Britt, co-owner and co-CEO of Mountain Mike’s Pizza.
Colorado, which becomes the eighth state where Mountain Mike’s operates its popular restaurants, is a natural next step for the acclaimed pizza chain as it continues to grow strategically throughout the West. Rocky Mountain residents now can look forward to the brand’s famous 20-inch Mountain-sized pizzas, which includes the popular Pikes Peak, and the inviting Mountain Mike’s Pizza dining/lifestyle concept that’s sure to resonate with Coloradans.
“Mountain Mike’s has loyal fans throughout the West, and we’re thrilled to introduce our family-friendly pizza restaurant that’s perfect for celebrations, fundraisers and team gatherings to our new guests in Colorado,” said Ed St. Geme, also co-owner and co-CEO of the brand.
2022 saw Mountain Mike’s lay the foundation for the most significant expansion in the brand’s history. During the year, the company opened 20 new restaurants and signed more than 25 new franchise agreements, which included five multi-unit deals, resulting in 38 additional units. Mountain Mike’s has also earned impressive recognition and high rankings across a variety of industry-leading reports, including Franchise Times, Nation’s Restaurant News, Entrepreneur, Fast Casual, QSR Magazine, and Restaurant Business, among many others.
“A family dining tradition for more than four decades throughout California, we are now being greeted warmly in new states throughout the Western U.S. where our franchise partners are experiencing record-breaking success – underscoring the tremendous opportunity for passionate entrepreneurs and successful multi-brand franchise operators to reap the benefits of joining one of the nation’s leading family-friendly pizza concepts,” said Jim Metevier, President and Chief Operating Officer at Mountain Mike’s Pizza. “Mountain Mike’s owes its success to some of the most reputable and talented franchisees in the business, and we are actively seeking entrepreneurs and qualified, passionate candidates in Colorado and throughout the Four Corners region to join our franchise family during the most exciting time in company history.”
To build upon the brand’s success while satisfying consumer demand for higher-quality pizza and family-friendly dining options, Mountain Mike’s is extending opportunities to new franchise partners looking to diversify their franchise brand portfolios with a popular family pizza concept. With many more new Mountain Mike’s Pizza restaurants expected to open in 2023, the 265+ unit franchised pizza brand is primed to continue expansion west of the Mississippi in states that have been identified as prime markets for the established, fast-growing brand. To learn more about new franchise opportunities in your market of interest, visit mountainmikesfranchise.com.
About Mountain Mike’s Pizza
Since 1978, Mountain Mike’s Pizza, a leading California-based family-style pizza chain known for its legendary crispy, curly pepperonis, Mountain-sized pizzas, and dough made fresh daily has been a popular choice for families, serving “Pizza the Way it Oughta Be!®” up and down the West Coast. In addition to offering carryout, its own in-house delivery, and four third-party delivery options, Mountain Mike’s provides a family-friendly dine-in environment making it easy for guests to enjoy the brand’s signature experience wherever they are. Most of its 265+ locations feature a kids’ activity area with arcade games, dedicated party rooms and big screen TVs throughout, making Mountain Mike’s an ideal place for sports teams, family gatherings, group fundraising events and private parties alike. With a menu of signature pizzas, chicken wings, garlic bread, salads, mozzarella sticks, and a selection of beer and wine, there’s something for everyone at Mountain Mike’s. Guests may also take advantage of streamlined ordering via the Mountain Rewards® app to earn exclusive offers and personalized rewards toward free food. For a complete list of locations and the full menu, visit www.mountainmikespizza.com or follow Mountain Mike’s on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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