The Bellevue-based pizza chain aims to have 200 stores by the end of the year, including 5 in the U.K.
Bellevue-based MOD Pizza’s international expansion is underway, with its first United Kingdom location in Leeds opened this month, and a second, in Brighton, set to open in August.
The fast-casual pizza chain said last year it would be heading to the U.K., in partnership with British telecommunications mogul Sir Charles Dunstone and Dunstone’s business partner, Roger Taylor.
The chain’s founders, Scott and Ally Svenson, lived in the U.K. for 11 years and created a coffee chain there that they later sold to Starbucks.
MOD Pizza, founded in 2008, allows customers to build their own pizzas and charges the same price regardless of the number of toppings.
It currently has 125 locations in 16 states and is growing rapidly. It plans to have 200 stores by the end of the year, including five in the U.K.
So far, MOD Pizza has raised $106 million from PWP Growth Equity, a private equity fund, and a small group of private investors.