SEATTLE — MOD Super Fast Pizza Holdings, LLC has announced plans to expand the brand into Canada through a development agreement signed with V.I. Pizza Inc., led by Jim Hayden, Jeff Jefford and Ken Whitaker.
The agreement includes development rights to bring five MOD locations to Vancouver Island over the next several years. Mike Yasinski, co-founder of Hudsons Canada’s Pub and executive committee member of Restaurants Canada, is also an investor.
V.I. Pizza Inc. will open its first MOD location in late 2019 in Langford, B.C., in the newly developed Belmont Market Shopping Centre.
“We’re confident MOD will translate well in the Canadian marketplace and the V.I. Pizza team will be great partners as we further expand our footprint. With Vancouver Island’s close proximity to our home base of Seattle, this feels like the perfect first step into Canada,” says Scott Svenson, co-founder and CEO of MOD. “For us, the most important factor in selecting our franchisees is finding those who not only share our business values, but are committed to cultivating the MOD culture in their stores. The V.I. Pizza team are aligned with our belief that taking care of people, and using the platform of MOD to make a positive impact, leads to a successful business. As we continue to grow MOD’s footprint, we hope to identify additional like-minded partners who are interested in helping us expand across Canada.”
MOD Pizza has been recognized as the fastest-growing restaurant chain in the U.S. for the past four years, with more than 455 locations system-wide. MOD is a purpose-led company committed to using the business to make a positive social impact in the communities it serves.