MOD Super Fast Pizza Holdings, LLC announced it has added its ninth franchise partner—Southern Pie, LLC—who will develop MOD stores in Georgia and Alabama. Southern Pie, LLC, led by Robbie Hill and Kimberly Hill Hayden, plan to open their first MOD stores in 2017. The father-daughter team are multi-industry entrepreneurs who have built and operated successful construction and healthcare companies, and also operate the Bojangles’ business in the same region.
“What appealed to us about MOD is their progressive approach to hiring along with their strong focus on a people-first culture. We are excited to make MOD the employer of choice for the region, knowing that if we attract and develop an outstanding team, we can deliver an incredible in-store experience,” says Kimberly Hayden, CEO and partner of Southern Pie, LLC.
MOD was founded in 2008 by entrepreneurs Scott and Ally Svenson, and 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 retail concepts in the United Kingdom—Seattle Coffee Company and Carluccio’s. MOD’s team of executives and advisors bring experience from iconic brands such as Starbucks, Disney and Dunkin Donuts.
“We are pleased to have Southern Pie, LLC join our group of talented and passionate multi-unit operators. As we continue our expansion across the U.S., we are confident that our development strategy of company-owned stores coupled with select franchise partners will be key to maintaining consistent execution while sustaining our purpose-driven culture,” says Scott Svenson, co-founder and CEO of MOD. “Most importantly, Robbie and Kimberly share our commitment to growing a business that is focused on making a positive social impact.”
MOD has over 195 locations in 20 states including Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin, as well as five locations in the U.K.