Toppers Pizza executives announce 70 stores in 70 days; System wide road trip to visit all Toppers locations

Founder and CEO Scott Gittrich and Vice President of Human Resources Robin Gittrich will begin the tour on March 14, with the goal of collaborating with everyone on the Toppers team, listening to feedback, finding ways to improve and celebrate the pizza industry as a whole.

WHITEWATER, Wis., March 15, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Toppers Pizza, the ever-evolving pizza delivery brand, recently announced that two members of its leadership team will embark on a nationwide road trip with the goal of visiting 70 Toppers restaurants in 70 days. Founder and CEO Scott Gittrich and Vice President of Human Resources Robin Gittrich will begin the tour in Whitewater, Wisconsin to March 14.

“I hang out at the restaurant every few weeks, but I’m usually only there for a work day,” Scott said. “The longest trip I’ve taken to shop is only a few days long, so it’s a monumental event. Robin and I run marathons – we’ve run three marathons in three months – so we like to set a aim big, then make it big and have fun.”

Throughout the tour, Scott says the team will be visiting stores, holding town hall meetings with staff and meeting with franchise owners. “We plan to spend two to four hours in each store and in some cases hold town halls where all team members in that market will participate in a listening session,” he said. “We will have times when we help make pizzas or roll out dough. We will also do site visits with expanding franchisees and meet potential franchisees along the way. We may also have the opportunity to mentor franchisees in some community events they have planned.

Overall, Scott says the main goal of the road trip is to celebrate everyone on the Toppers team and highlight the differentiators that have made the brand thrive despite the challenges of the past few years. “We want to listen to everything team members have to say, make Toppers an even better place to work, and do an even better job of serving our customers,” he said.

The road trip will start and end in Wisconsinfollowed by:
● Two weeks in Michigan & Minnesota.
● South Dakota to Texasvia Nebraska and Kansas during the fourth week,
● The Carolinas and Virginia in the fifth week before returning to the Midwest.
● During weeks six, seven and eight, the team will visit Ohio, Indiana and Michigan
● The east side of Wisconsin in weeks nine and ten, including Kenosha, Green Bay and Milwaukee.
● Last but not least, they will end the trip by visiting the shops of Madison and Living Water to complement return visits to Wisconsin.

“I had this tipping point where I was reading comments from franchisees saying how hard and difficult it has been throughout the pandemic,” Scott said. “I decided we just needed to take action and hang out in person at our stores across the country.”

Scott says the Toppers team also plans to mix in some special experiences, like meeting other restaurant concept CEOs. “We look forward to visiting restaurants and meeting their teams, then bringing them to Toppers locations to create cross-collaboration,” he said. “We want to celebrate the pizza industry. We will also visit quirky places and iconic brands. We will also meet vendors – we are planning to visit a dairy farm in Wisconsinfor example.”

Overall, Scott says the main goal of the road trip is to celebrate everyone on the Toppers team and highlight the differentiators that have made the brand thrive despite the challenges of the past few years. “We want to listen to everything team members have to say, make Toppers an even better place to work, and do an even better job of serving our customers,” he said.

The whole trip will be documented by video and Scott says the team is ready to make this roadtrip a regular occurrence.

“We expect this to have a major impact on the cultural bond between corporate headquarters, the management team, franchise owners, restaurants and team members,” Scott said. “We are already strong in this regard, but we have always believed that we are one great team, and that unification is what makes Toppers a special place for us and for our customers. We are a small company that beats some of the largest companies in the world in terms of our support team size, market comparisons, and part of how we do that is to stay engaged with each other and find new ways to log in.”

ABOUT PIZZA TOPPERS
Founded in 1991 as a big-box pizza alternative, Toppers builds on a bold attitude with the product behind it. Based at Whitewater, Wisconsin, more than 70 Toppers locations are on a mission to redefine what customers can expect from QSR pizza. The menu features unique flavors, bold recipes, craving Topperstix, signature wings, specialty desserts and a growing selection of offerings for diverse lifestyles. By consistently giving customers what they want, Toppers has forged an untapped space in the pizza industry and is thriving in a post-pandemic digital first world. World-class technology ranking among the top QSR pizza concepts, consistent menu innovation, a powerfully targeted digital media strategy and Gen Z-centric social media channels drive over 75% of online sales for the Mark. With franchisees reaching an average unit volume of over $1,100,000 system-wide and 14 consecutive quarters of increased same-store sales, Toppers Pizza is poised for significant growth and is looking for like-minded franchisees. ideas for joining his system. For more information, visit https://www.toppers.com/franchise and follow the brand on Facebook and Instagram.

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