America’s Fastest Growing Restaurant Chain MOD Pizza Plans to Open in Nottingham

MOD Pizza Leeds
MOD Pizza Leeds

MOD Pizza – A US artisan style pizza restaurant has applied for licensed premises permission (they also provide  wine and beer) for a planned new restaurant on Long Row, Nottingham

MOD Pizza offers individual, artisan style pizzas, which are baked for approximately three minutes in an 800-degree pizza oven. Customers can build their own pizza or salad, which cost the same no matter how many toppings they choose. The Nottingham plans are for the former Schuh shop 31-32 Long Row (near Five Guys/Debenhams/Old Market Square)

MOD Pizza opened its first UK restaurant in Leeds in 2015 and also has a Brighton location.

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Since opening its first restaurant in 2008, MOD Pizza has developed a reputation as not only a cool place to eat, but an inspired place to work. The Company says it ’employs for passion, not pizza making ability’, and this drives its true mission – to become a force for positive change in the lives of its ‘MOD Squad’ and the broader community.

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Fueled by this mission, the Company has grown rapidly – in 2015 Technomic recognized MOD as the fastest growing restaurant chain in the US and in the first half of 2016, MOD has grown its store base by over 40% including opening its first international store in the UK. Today, MOD has 130 locations and more than 3,200 team members across the United States and United Kingdom.

While living in the United Kingdom for more than a decade, Scott and Ally Svenson created and sold Seattle Coffee Company to Starbucks in 1998 and helped launch and build the Carluccio’s brand.

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After moving home to Seattle, they founded MOD Pizza in November 2008, combining inspiration from the energy and attitude of the original Mod movement in London with their love for Italian street style pizza and the belief that a business can succeed by putting people first.

Ally Svenson explained, “Launching MOD in the United Kingdom feels, in many ways, like we are bringing it home. While we are very proud of the incredible pizza that we serve, the MOD movement is about so much more. We judge our success not by the number of stores we open, but the number of lives we can impact, which is why we are so excited to continue our growth. Our product may be pizza, but our purpose is people.”

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Scott and Ally signed a joint venture agreement with Sir Charles Dunstone and his long-standing business partner, Roger Taylor, to bring MOD Pizza to the United Kingdom, spreading the MOD culture into its first international market. MOD co-founders Scott and Ally Svenson, who revolutionized the United Kingdom’s coffee culture when they launched Seattle Coffee Company in the early 1990’s, will work with Sir Charles and Roger to introduce MOD Pizza’s unique purpose-led culture to the United Kingdom during the first half of 2016, followed by a rapid national rollout.


SEATTLE, WA — (Marketwired) — 20 June 2016 — Scott Svenson, Co-founder & CEO of MOD Pizza, and Ally Svenson, Co-founder, received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 Award in the Emerging category for the Pacific Northwest. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. The Svensons were selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at the gala event in Seattle on June 17, 2016.

Scott said,

“We are thrilled and humbled to receive this prestigious award, particularly as it recognizes excellence in business beyond just financial performance,” said the Svensons. “It’s a true privilege to be recognized among a group of such inspiring individuals and we are grateful to Ernst & Young for their commitment to spotlighting the positive impact entrepreneurs are making around the world. We accept the award on behalf of the entire MOD Squad who inspire us every day with their commitment to each other and the communities they serve. This recognition is really about them and the impact they are making. Together we will continue to build a company that believes by putting your people first and committing to make a positive social impact, you can create a sustainable and prosperous business.”

As MOD continues rapidly expanding throughout the United States and internationally, it remains focused on spreading the MOD culture into new communities by offering great jobs, excellent benefits, and career growth opportunities, all while giving back to its employees (the MOD Squad) and the communities it serves. To date, MOD has supported over 60 non-profit organizations with a focus on at-risk youth and families in need. MOD Pizza will reach 2,500 MOD Squaders and approximately 100 stores by the end of 2015.

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Seattle-based MOD Pizza is the pioneer of the fast casual made-to-order pizza segment, founded in 2008 by entrepreneurs Scott and Ally Svenson. MOD’s individual artisan-style pizzas are made on demand, allowing customers to create their own pizzas and salads, using fresh-pressed dough and signature sauces at a fixed price regardless of the number of toppings. Pizzas are hand-cooked in an 800 degree oven in less than three minutes and salads are individually hand-tossed for each customer. The menu is rounded out with handspun milkshakes, house-made lemonades and iced teas, and local craft beers and wine.

With 68 restaurants open across 12 states, MOD is committed to creating not just a cool place to eat, but an inspired place to work. The company has been recognized as one of the “Top 50 Breakout Brands” by US Nation’s Restaurant News, named one of the “Fastest Growing Private Companies in America” by Inc. Magazine, ranked as a “Fastest Growing Private Company” by the Puget Sound Business Journal and named one of “Washington’s Best Work Places” by the Puget Sound Business Journal.


Charles Dunstone founded Carphone Warehouse in 1989 with £6,000 of savings. In 2000, the company listed on The London Stock Exchange and became the largest independent mobile phone retailer with some 2,400 stores in the UK and across Europe. In 2014, it merged with Dixons Group to create Dixons Carphone, In 2002, Carphone established TalkTalk which helped change the UK’s telecoms market.

In 2010, having become one of the UK’s leading telecoms companies, it demerged from Carphone Warehouse to become an independent company. Charles is Chairman of both Dixons Carphone and TalkTalk.

Roger Taylor joined Carphone Warehouse in 1999 as CFO, becoming Chief Executive in 2010 until 2013, when he became Deputy Chairman. He was also a Director of TalkTalk Group. Today, he is Charles Dunstone’s business partner in Freston Ventures, a private company, which Charles and Roger use for personal investments, including their joint venture with MOD Pizza in the UK. Among other investments made by Freston is its joint venture with Five Guys burger