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Mod Pizza (US) to Expand into Canada

08 Oct 2019 - Mod Super Fast Pizza Holdings LLC is expanding into Canada via an agreement with V.I. Pizza Inc., led by Jim Hayden, Jeff Jefford and Ken Whitaker, who operate several brands across Vancouver Island, according to a company press release.The deal includes development rights to bring five locations to the 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.

"We are confident that MOD will translate well in the Canadian marketplace, and that 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," Mod CEO Scott Svenson said in the release “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."

Seattle-based Mod Pizza has more than 455 locations system-wide, with an additional 20 stores slated to open by the end of 2019.

V.I. Pizza Inc. will open its first location by year's end in Langford, British Columbia, in the newly developed Belmont Market Shopping Centre.

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