MOD Pizza to hold grand opening Friday
Seattle-based chain serves fast slices, salads

By Jake Meister - Enterprise Staff

Nov. 16, 2017

 Krista Scott, who works as MOD Pizza’s district manager for Wisconsin, puts the sauce on a pizza that would be given to staff of the chain’s new Oconomowoc franchise.
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OCONOMOWOC — A growing pizza chain that aims to provide a new and cutting-edge feel to families despite its national presence has officially brought its expansive list of toppings to the city’s growing Pabst Farms area.

Krista Scott, who works as MOD Pizza’s district manager for Wisconsin, said the company felt Oconomowoc was a good spot to open another franchise location because the community is so “family oriented.”

Oconomowoc doesn’t have a shortage of pizza offerings — several businesses offer everything from casual sit-down to grab-and-go. Despite the competition, Scott said MOD Pizza fits because of its unique model.

Operating at 1676 Old School House Road, Suite 103, in a 2,600-square-foot store that boasts an energetic ambiance, MOD Pizza puts customers in the driver’s seat by allowing them to order individual- sized pizzas made on demand with fresh-pressed dough and signature sauces. Custom-made salads are also an option. There is a selection of more than 30 featured toppings for customizable pizzas, or people can choose from a set menu.

 MOD Pizza has brought its fast casual chain, which allows customers to customize pizza and salads using around 30 toppings, to 1676 Old School House Road.
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A six-inch “mini pizza” or side salad — probably a good option for parents wanting to feed a young child, or someone who wants something light — runs $4.87. An 11-inch pizza or entree salad costs $7.87, and an 11-inch pizza or family size salad costs $10.87. Having trouble deciding between pizza or a salad? You can have both by having a custom made salad placed atop a warm asiago pizza crust for $9.87.

MOD Pizza classifies itself as fast causal because its pizzas take less than 10 minutes to make, but can be consumed in a shop that offers locally brewed craft beer and a solid amount of seating.

Oconomowoc Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Katie Miller said she continuously hears that Oconomowoc needs more restaurants and variety, and that MOD should work well because it seems like an operation that a busy person can fit into a tight schedule.

Oconomowoc Director of Economic Development Bob Duffy said that as Oconomowoc continues to grow the interest in eating establishments will only become stronger.

“Obviously MOD Pizza is fast casual (with a) close proximity to a corporate park as well as access to I-94,” Duffy said of the business’s ability to thrive.

 The “Dillon James” is one of MOD Pizza’s nine “classic pizzas.” It includes red sauce, garlic, fresh chopped basil, mozzarella, tomatoes and asiago.
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A company that likes to give a chance

Scott said MOD Pizza attempts to localize all of its stores by supporting local groups like schools and homeless shelters through fundraising. It also strives to give employment to people who Scott said might be rejected by other businesses. For example, MOD Pizza claims to not shy away from hiring a person looking to put their criminal background behind them following incarceration.

Scott said three of the employees who worked under her at MOD ’s Fitchburg location were on work release. The general manager of that Fitchburg location, she said, had been incarcerated.

Though she said a few of MOD’s hires with criminal backgrounds didn’t work out, it’s the ones that do turn their lives around that prove the importance of the system.

“The success stories are the ones that hit your heart,” Scott said.

MOD Pizza also makes an effort to hire more people with special needs. If the needs of that person prevent them from performing many of the more typical jobs, MOD will try to find something with which they can succeed.

In September, MOD’s Public Relations Manager Charlotte Wayte said the Oconomowoc franchise will eventually have about 25 employees.

For more information on MOD, go to www.modpizza.com.


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