MOD Pizza has signed its first franchise agreements with three new partners to develop more than 50 restaurants in four markets across the U.S. New market openings are expected to begin later this year.
In a news release, John Dikos, MOD’s VP of Strategic Partnerships, said the goal with the new franchising program is to build deeper relationships with fewer partnerships.
“Bringing the right partners on at this time is critical. While our growth will continue to be weighted heavily towards company-owned stores, we are looking for partners that can help us build a stronger business,” CEO Scott Svenson added.
The new partners and their target markets include:
- Bob Merullo and Kevin Embree: Colorado and Boise, Idaho. Merullo and Embree formed Mach Robin with Chris Stephens and developed Red Robin's largest franchise group. Scott Schooler will join them as COO.
- Trevor Sanders: Sacramento, Calif. As one of Jamba's earliest franchisees, Sanders developed and operated 23 stores throughout Northern California. He sold his territory back to Jamba Juice and moved to develop local and regional brands including Jack's Urban Eats and Dos Coyote's throughout the Sacramento area.
- Yaron Goldman: North Carolina. Goldman and his partner Merrick McKinnie operate 40 McAlister's Deli's in four states. Troy Barney will join Yaron and Merrick to lead their MOD operation.