MOD Super Fast Pizza Holdings, LLC, a pioneer of fast-casual pizza, and BBX Capital Corporation announced Friday that BBX Capital has joined its growing family of select franchisees. BBX Capital has created a new division with the goal of developing 50 or more MOD locations throughout central and southern Florida over the next seven years, including the major metropolitan markets of Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, Orlando, and Tampa. With this agreement, MOD now has eight franchisees across the U.S., and commitments to open around 200 franchise locations in 12 states (California, Colorado, Missouri, Kansas, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Florida).
MOD currently has 152 locations across 18 states and the U.K. Founded by entrepreneurs Scott and Ally Svenson, MOD was inspired by the couple’s love of Italian street-style pizza, their desire for authentic, affordable and fast dining options for their busy family and the idea that a great company could be built around people. The Svensons bring their experience from building two highly successful concepts—Seattle Coffee Company and Carluccio’s. MOD’s team of advisors and executives bring experience from iconic brands such as Starbucks, Apple, Disney, McDonald’s, Dunkin Donuts, and T-Mobile.
BBX Capital has extensive financial, real estate, hospitality and restaurant experience. In addition to its real estate portfolio, the company currently owns Bluegreen Corporation, a vacation ownership company, Hoffman’s Chocolates, a manufacturer of gourmet chocolates with retail locations throughout South Florida, and BBX Sweet Holdings, a portfolio of candy companies throughout the United States. BBX Capital previously owned BankAtlantic, one of the largest and oldest retail banks headquartered in the state of Florida.
“For MOD, the single most critical factor is ensuring that our franchisees echo our belief in the value of a strong and vibrant culture in our stores. We continue to have a simple goal in our franchising strategy—to build deep relationships with a select and limited set of distinguished franchisees,” says Scott Svenson, co-founder and CEO of MOD Pizza. “We are humbled that the team at BBX Capital has joined the MOD family and share our desire to build something new and very special. We know they have the local market expertise and experience to help us spread the MOD culture across their home state of Florida.”
MOD, with a business strategy of predominantly building company-owned stores, complemented with a select group of culturally aligned and highly experienced franchisees, is nearing the completion of its team of U.S. franchisees. “With the addition of one or two more U.S. franchisees, which would bring our total to 10, we will have solidified our network of operators who will help us grow across the country,” adds John Dikos, vice president of partnerships of MOD Pizza.
“MOD has established itself as a leader in the fast casual pizza category while offering consumers an authentic, affordable and fast dining experience,” says Jarett Levan, president of BBX Capital. “MOD’s strong brand, people-first culture, and best-in-class customer service has positioned MOD very well for continued growth, and we are very excited to be teaming with Scott and Ally, and the entire MOD family to bring the concept to Florida.”