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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1,200–1,800 sq ft (1,500 is optimal)
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When Whitewater-based Toppers Pizza began testing its mettle in the early 1990s as a small-scale takeout pizza company, some of its creations took off like a bottle rocket. Topperstix, the company’s signature, perforated, cheese-topped slabs of breadsticks created in 1993, sold within seconds of workers pulling the first batch from the oven. Some other early […]
In the grease-spotted corner of a Toppers Pizza box, there’s a rallying cry for would-be franchisees: “First pizza, then the world.” While Toppers might not quite be on the path to world domination, the Whitewater pizza chain known for its cheese-covered Topperstix is looking at least to conquer the country. The company’s ambitions have long […]
You need a net worth of at least $750,000 and cash/liquid assets totaling $300,000 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.
Nope, though we do hook you up with a list of companies that specialize in restaurant and equipment financing to get you going.
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.
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.
Toppers’ average unit net profit is $101,126 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.
It takes about 6–9 months from the time you sign the franchise contract to the time pizza fanatics start pouring through your door.
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.
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.
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.
Drivers provide their own vehicles and take on all maintenance and upkeep. Typically drivers are compensated with an hourly wage and gas allowance.
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.
**Not currently franchising in Ventura County