Rise And Rule

In the beginning, there was pizza. By-the-books, unremarkable and ultimately, forgettable.

Then There Was
Toppers

We stepped onto the scene in 1991, believing pizza should be more awesome. And more awesome it did become. By upending every norm in the business, we grew from small-town Whitewater, WI, to stretch our pizza delivery franchise across a grateful nation. But we won’t rest until we bring the entire pizza establishment to its knees, and this is how we’re doing it.

Pizzas That Defy
the Bored-inary

We blow the minds off taste buds, producing unique House Pizzas with bold flavors friends fantasize about at 2 a.m. Equally impressive? Our legendary, highly shareable Topperstix™—loaded with real Wisconsin cheese and garlic buttered on both sides. Not to mention 16 original Dippin’ Sauces like Bacon Honey Mustard or Parmesan Garlic. All with dough made fresh daily, a lost art but a key step in pizza perfection.

Plus, Over 10 More!

Not Just Fans,
Fanatics

Toppers fanatics line up for our grand openings like it’s Black Friday. They make us a tradition, whether it’s their late-night Saturday closer or when they want to impress a group with “you-HAVE-to-try-this” pizza. Road trips to Toppers are commonplace, and fans aren’t bashful about broadcasting their enthusiasm—in person or on social media. And we love ’em for it.

Colton L.—Lincolnton, NC

Lead a League of
Pizza Heroes

When’s the last time someone sprinted a pizza to your door? If you ordered from Toppers, it’s every time because our team members believe pizza should be eaten as hot and fresh as possible. Over-the-top? Maybe. But that’s just who they are.

Why Toppers?

BIG OPPORTUNITY

Small Footprint

Whether you want to launch your next success from an endcap downtown or a freestanding site in the suburbs, you can do it on your terms and do it quickly. Depending on where you build, you might also qualify for exclusive control of a territory.

Delivery Drives Business

Enjoy a delivery territory that’s yours alone to rule. You’ll be welcomed by the hungry masses because not only do you bring the pizza, you bring the party. Added bonus? No wait staff or fancy dining room overhead to eat into your profits.

Stand-Out Marketing

We've Got Your Back

Supporting your reign is a team of seasoned pros from franchise backgrounds who have decades worth of pizza experience under their belts. (Belts that get loosened a bit after a Topperstix™ binge.) You’ll get hooked up with a direct line to leaders like this guy who will help you kick ass from the very beginning.

You Want the Facts?
You Can't Handle the...

alright, here they are.

$ 156.5 K*
Average Net Profit
$ 935 K*
Average Unit Net Sales
1,000,000 %
More Fun (So We've Been Told)
 

Financial Qualifications

Total Investment

$362,100–$548,585

Single Unit

Liquidity: $150,000
Net Worth: $400,000

Low Buy-In Cost - So it's easy to get in on the action
Multi-Unit (3–5 units)

Liquidity: $300,000–$500,000
Net Worth: $750,000–$1,000,000

To open a Toppers franchise, you must have what it takes to make the initial investment or partner with someone who does.

Those who qualify may be eligible for a reduced initial franchise fee through our association with the VetFran program.

Franchise Fee

For 1–4 Units

$30,000

Subsequent Units

$20,000

Build a bunch, save a lot, make some more.

Average Square Footage

1,200–1,800 sq ft (1,650 is optimal)

Our flexible footprint makes finding a spot to locate extra easy, whether it’s an endcap, in-line or freestanding location.

You Should Always Get
a Second Opinion

Hear it straight from our partners in pizza

We Read Your Mind
And Answered Your Questions

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How much money does it take to buy a Toppers Franchise?

You need a net worth of at least $400,000 and cash/liquid assets totaling $150,000 to begin your Toppers takeover.

Don’t quite have it? You can still qualify for a Toppers Pizza franchise by partnering with someone who does. Each member of your franchise group must submit a résumé and prequalification questionnaire when they apply.

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Does Toppers provide financing?

Nope, though we do hook you up with a list of companies that specialize in restaurant and equipment financing to get you going.

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What kind of professional experience should I have?

Restaurant management, pizza delivery and retail experience can sure help, but it’s not a requirement. Our management training program and ongoing support gives you what you need to know to manage and operate your own store.

Fun fact: many people in the restaurant biz today come from totally unrelated lines of work, and never intended to open a restaurant. Once in, they find themselves hooked on the opportunities and fun of being a pizza franchise owner. For one: a kitchen full of Topperstix.

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Does a franchisee have to personally manage their store?

Yep. We work on an owner/operator franchise system where at least one partner must be involved full-time in day-to-day operations. You won’t be able to resist anyway.

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How much does a Toppers earn in a year?

Toppers’ average unit net profit is $156,571 annually. Of course, the amount of money you make will depend on a variety of factors, many under your control like store management, variable costs, local advertising and your investment. Once you become a franchisee, we can help you chart your multi-year financial plans and break-even projections based on high, medium or low return outcomes.

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How long does it take to open a Toppers?

It takes about 6–9 months from the time you sign the franchise contract to the time pizza fanatics start pouring through your door.

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Can I open multiple stores in one area?

Sure can. You might also qualify for exclusive control of a specific territory based on the location’s growth potential, ease of development and a few other factors.

Build enough Toppers and we’ll also reduce your royalty fee for new restaurants.

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Do franchisees pay a continuing fee or royalty?

Yep. Franchisees contribute 5.5% of gross sales on a weekly basis to use the Toppers Pizza Inc. name, trademarks, logos and operating systems. Plus, you’re entitled to new products, systems developments, discounts and comprehensive ongoing support.

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What about advertising and advertising fees?

Local marketing takes up about 4% of sales, though most franchisees invest more in order to grow their business. Franchisees also must set aside 3% of gross sales weekly to contribute toward Toppers general marketing. This funds the maintenance, administration, direction and development of advertising materials for the Toppers Pizza Inc. chain.

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Are franchisees responsible for delivery vehicles?

Drivers provide their own vehicles and take on all maintenance and upkeep. Typically drivers are compensated with an hourly wage and gas allowance.

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Why are some markets available and others aren’t?

We close off territories to allow existing area owners to operate and expand their Toppers empire. The markets still available yearn for franchise owners to step up and take over the town. The fans demand it.

Claim Your Territory

Before Someone Else Claims Your Territory

Single and Multi-Unit Development Opportunities
Multi-Unit Development Opportunities
Not Available

Available Markets in Alabama

3-5 Store Commitment Necessary
  • Birmingham-Anniston-Tuscaloosa
  • Dothan
  • Huntsville-Decatur-Florence
  • Mobile
  • Montgomery-Selma

Available Markets in Arizona

3-5 Store Commitment Necessary
  • Phoenix
  • Tucson-Sierra Vista

Available Markets in Arkansas

  • Ft. Smith-Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers*
  • Hot Springs
  • Jonesboro
  • Little Rock-Pine Bluff
  • Texarkana
* Area development opportunities available

Available Markets in California

We are not currently franchising in this state. Please contact us for additional expansion plans.

Available Markets in Colorado

3-5 Store Commitment Necessary
  • Colorado Springs-Pueblo
  • Denver
  • Grand Junction-Montrose

Available Markets in Connecticut

  • Bridgeport
  • Hartford
  • New Haven
  • Norwalk
  • Waterbury

Available Markets in Delaware

  • Wilmington
  • Dover
  • Newark

Available Markets in Florida

3-5 Store Commitment Necessary
  • Ft. Myers-Naples
  • Jacksonville
  • Gainesville
  • Miami-Ft. Lauderdale
  • Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne
  • Panama City
  • Pensacola
  • Tallahassee
  • Tampa-St. Petersburg-Sarasota
  • West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce

Available Markets in Georgia

3-5 Store Commitment Necessary
  • Albany
  • Atlanta
  • Brunswick
  • Columbus
  • Augusta
  • Macon
  • Savannah
  • Thomasville

Available Markets in Idaho

3-5 Store Commitment Necessary
  • Boise
  • Idaho Falls-Pocatello
  • Twin Falls

Available Markets in Illinois

  • Belleville
  • Bloomington*
  • Carbondale
  • Champaign*
  • Charleston
  • Chicago*
  • Decatur
  • Evanston
  • Glen Carbon
  • Granite City
  • Grayslake
  • Macomb
  • Moline*
  • Montgomery
  • Peoria*
  • Quincy
  • Rantoul
  • Rockford*
  • Shorewood
  • South Beloit
  • Springfield*
* Area development opportunities available

Available Markets in Indiana

  • Anderson
  • Bloomington*
  • Columbus
  • Elkhart
  • Evansville*
  • Fishers*
  • Fort Wayne*
  • Gary
  • Greenwood*
  • Hammond
  • Indianapolis*
  • Kokomo
  • Lake Station
  • Louisville*
  • Marion
  • Merrilville
  • Muncie*
  • Munster
  • Richmond
  • Schereville
  • South Bend*
  • Terre Haute*
  • Valparaiso
* Area development opportunities available

Available Markets in Iowa

  • Ames*
  • Bettendorf
  • Cedar Falls
  • Cedar Rapids*
  • Coralville
  • Davenport*
  • Des Moines*
  • Dubuque
  • Iowa City*
  • Sioux City
  • Waterloo
* Area development opportunities available

Available Markets in Kansas

  • Emporia
  • Kansas City*
  • Lawrence
  • Manhattan
  • Pittsburgh
  • Salina
  • Topeka*
  • Valley Center
  • Wichita*
* Area development opportunities available

Available Markets in Kentucky

  • Bowling Green*
  • Columbia
  • Covington
  • Florence*
  • Ft. MItchell
  • Lexington*
  • Louisville*
  • Murray
  • Owensboro
  • Southgate
* Area development opportunities available

Available Markets in Louisiana

3-5 Store Commitment Necessary
  • Lafayette
  • Lake Charles
  • Monroe-El Dorado
  • New Orleans
  • Shreveport

Available Markets in Maine

  • Bangor
  • Lewiston
  • Portland

Available Markets in Maryland

  • Baltimore
  • Columbia
  • Silver Springs
  • Glen Burnie
  • Frederick
  • Rockville

Available Markets in Massachusetts

  • Boston
  • Worchester
  • Springfield
  • Somerville
  • Quincy
  • New Bedford
  • Cambridge

Available Markets in Michigan

  • Allendale
  • Ann Arbor
  • Battle Creek*
  • Bay City
  • Big Rapids
  • Detroit*
  • East Lansing
  • Flint*
  • Grand Rapids*
  • Holland
  • Jackson
  • Jenison
  • Kalamazoo*
  • Lambertville
  • Lansing*
  • Marquette
  • Mount Pleasant
  • Muskegon*
  • Portage
  • Saginaw*
  • Ypsilanti
* Area development opportunities available

Available Markets in Minnesota

  • Brooklyn Park
  • Duluth*
  • Minnetonka
  • Moorhead
  • North Minneapolis*
  • North St. Paul*
  • Roseville
  • Sauk Rapids
  • St. Cloud
  • Woodbury
* Area development opportunities available

Available Markets in Mississippi

3-5 Store Commitment Necessary
  • Biloxi-Gulfport
  • Columbus-Tupelo-West Point
  • Greenwood-Greenville
  • Hattiesburg-Laurel
  • Jackson
  • Meridian

Available Markets in Missouri

  • Cape Girardeau
  • Joplin
  • Kansas City*
  • Springfield*
  • St. Joseph
  • St. Louis*
* Area development opportunities available

Available Markets in Montana

3-5 Store Commitment Necessary
  • Billings
  • Butte-Bozeman
  • Glendive
  • Great Falls
  • Helena
  • Missoula

Available Markets in Nebraska

  • Lincoln*
  • Omaha*
* Area development opportunities available

Available Markets in Nevada

3-5 Store Commitment Necessary
  • Las Vegas
  • Reno

Available Markets in New Hampshire

  • Manchester
  • Nashua
  • Concord
  • Perry
  • Dover
  • Rochester
  • Salem

Available Markets in New Jersey

  • Newark
  • Jersey City
  • Paterson
  • Elizabeth
  • Hamilton
  • Trenton
  • Camden

Available Markets in New Mexico

3-5 Store Commitment Necessary
  • Albuquerque-Santa Fe

Available Markets in New York

We are not currently franchising in this state. Please contact us for additional expansion plans.

Available Markets in North Carolina

  • Apex
  • Archdale
  • Asheville*
  • Boone
  • Burlington*
  • Cary*
  • Chapel Hill
  • Charlotte*
  • Cornelius
  • Durham*
  • Fayetteville*
  • Gastonia*
  • Greensboro*
  • Greensville
  • High Point*
  • Huntersville
  • Kannapolis
  • Matthews
  • Raleigh*
  • Wilmington*
  • Winston Salem*
  • Winterville
* Area development opportunities available

Available Markets in North Dakota

  • Bismark
  • Fargo
  • Grand Forks
  • Minot

Available Markets in Ohio

  • Akron*
  • Athens
  • Bowling Green
  • Bridgeport
  • Canton*
  • Cincinnati*
  • Cleveland*
  • Columbus*
  • Dayton*
  • Delaware
  • Findlay
  • Hamilton*
  • Kent
  • Lima*
  • Mansfield
  • Mason
  • Massillon
  • Mentor*
  • Middletown
  • Oxford
  • Springfield*
  • Stow
  • Toledo*
  • Willowick
  • Youngstown*
* Area development opportunities available

Available Markets in Oklahoma

3-5 Store Commitment Necessary
  • Oklahoma City
  • Tulsa

Available Markets in Oregon

3-5 Store Commitment Necessary
  • Bend
  • Eugene
  • Portland

Available Markets in Pennsylvania

3-5 Store Commitment Necessary
  • Erie
  • Harrisburg-Lancaster-Lebanon-York
  • Johnstown-Altoona
  • Philadelphia
  • Pittsburgh
  • Wilkes Barre-Scranton

Available Markets in Rhode Island

Available Markets in South Carolina

3-5 Store Commitment Necessary
  • Anderson
  • Charleston
  • Clemson
  • Columbia
  • Greenville
  • Myrtle Beach
  • Rock Hill

Available Markets in South Dakota

  • Brookings
  • Rapid City
  • Sioux Falls

Available Markets in Tennessee

  • Brentwood/Franklin
  • Chattanooga*
  • Henderson
  • Jackson
  • Clarsksville*
  • Germantown
  • Johnson City
  • Kingsport
  • Knoxville*
  • Madison
  • Memphis*
  • Mt. Juliet
  • Murfeesboro*
  • Nashville*
* Area development opportunities available

Available Markets in Texas

  • Abilene
  • Amarillo
  • Austin*
  • Arlington*
  • Dallas-Ft. Worth*
  • Denton
  • El Paso
  • Houston*
  • Killeen / Ft. Hood*
  • Laredo
  • Lubbock
  • Plano*
  • Odessa-Midland
  • San Angelo
  • San Antonio*
  • Waco*
  • Wichita Falls
* Area development opportunities available

Available Markets in Utah

3-5 Store Commitment Necessary
  • Salt Lake City

Available Markets in Vermont

  • Burlington

Available Markets in Virginia

  • Virginia Beach
  • Norfolk
  • Chesapeake
  • Richmond
  • Alexandria
  • Roanoke

Available Markets in West Virginia

3-5 Store Commitment Necessary
  • Bluefield-Beckley-Oak Hill
  • Charleston-Huntington
  • Clarksburg-Weston
  • Parkersburg

Available Markets in Wisconsin

  • Beloit
  • Manitowoc
  • Superior
* Area development opportunities available

Available Markets in Wyoming

3-5 Store Commitment Necessary
  • Casper
  • Cheyenne
Complete the app or this form to get the ball rolling
Chat with the Director of Franchise Development,
Mark Cairns
Read, sign and return the franchise disclosure document
Grill a few franchisees—They can take it
Attend Discovery Day to meet the Toppers team
and learn how we operate
Sign the agreement and bust out the champagne
(not the cheap stuff)
Choose the site of your first Toppers
Sign the lease and start construction
Train in-store then help coach your team
Open your doors to an army of fanatics

Seize the Opportunity

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