Jim Metevier Named Top 25 Executive by Fast Casual

Jim Metevier, the President and COO of Mountain Mike’s Pizza, was named a Top 25 Executive by Fast Casual this year. The fast casual industry is one of the most diverse and creative in the restaurant industry, which makes this recognition especially meaningful. The 2022 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers received hundreds of nominations for this year. Eventually, …

Mountain Mike’s Achieves Top FUND® Score Among all Evaluated Food Brands

Mountain Mike’s Pizza is pleased to have received a FUND® Score of 915, an increase of 30 points from last year. This puts us in the top 1% of all franchised systems and is the top score among all evaluated food brands! Achieving a high FUND® Score means our franchisees have access to the best credit terms, more fixed rate …

MOUNTAIN MIKE’S PIZZA SIGNS THREE MULTI-UNIT EXPANSION DEALS IN TEXAS

Mountain Mike’s Pizza is developing rapidly throughout Texas with nine Dallas-Ft Worth-area locations under development. The Lone Star State growth plan is being fueled by multi-unit development deals. Hector Haget and Khris Tate of Jefes Pizza, LLC, multi-unit Jersey Mike’s franchisees, will open three restaurants as will Steve Zeigler, who is also a multi-unit Jersey Mike’s franchisee, and brothers Robby …

MOUNTAIN MIKE’S PIZZA PROUDLY OPENS FIRST IDAHO LOCATION

We are excited to announce the opening of our first Idaho location in Meridian on Eagle Road. The new restaurant is owned and operated by Gem State Pies, which is slated to open five locations throughout Treasure Valley.  Multi-unit operators and entrepreneurs Boris and Laurie Ilic and Travis and Alyssa Trask are adding Mountain Mike’s Pizza to their portfolio that …

Second-Generation Entrepreneur Finds Success with Mountain Mike’s Pizza

Raj Lehl wanted to be an entrepreneur, just like his father, who had started businesses on two continents and eventually settled in Canada. Thinking about his own prospects, Lehl came to California in search of his big opportunity.   He found it in Mountain Mike’s Pizza. “People would talk about Mountain Mike’s Pizza — the pizza, for sure — but …

Mountain Mike’s Pizza becomes an Official Pizza Partner of Angels Baseball

Mountain Mike’s Pizza proudly announces its latest professional sports partnership as it becomes an Official Pizza Partner of Angels Baseball.  The marketing partnership with the Angels builds on Mountain Mike’s sports integrations in Northern California where it was founded, including serving as the Official Pizza of the San Francisco 49ers since 2018. “We are excited to welcome Mountain Mike’s Pizza …

Mountain Mike’s Expands to Arizona

Mountain Mike’s legendary crispy, curly pepperoni has arrived in Arizona. We’re excited to announce the opening of our first Arizona location in Mesa. The new restaurant is owned and operated by Pelican Food Concepts. Located in the Mesa Riverview shopping center on Dobson Road, the brand’s signature experience of “Pizza the Way it Oughta Be!®” is now available to Mesa …

Mountain Mike’s Opens 250th Restaurant

Mountain Mike’s growth story continues as we’ve opened our 250th restaurant. The newest location, in Woodland, Calif., is now open for business. It’s the brand’s third in Yolo County, and is owned by franchisees Gurjit Mann and Sumeet Benipal. Mann also owns and operates nine other Mountain Mike’s Pizza locations throughout Northern California. “I have been a proud Mountain Mike’s …

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Mountain Mike’s Co-CEOs Buy Out Levine Leichtman Capital Partners

We’re proud to announce that co-CEOs Chris Britt and Ed St. Geme have bought out Levine Leichtman Capital Partners interest in Mountain Mike’s Pizza. In 2017, Levine Leichtman teamed up with Britt Private Capital (Britt) and Jupiter Holdings (St. Geme) to acquire Mountain Mike’s, which was founded in 1978. In the years since, Mountain Mike’s has expanded to 250 restaurants …

Mountain Mike’s Moves Up 34 Spots on the Franchise Times 400

Mountain Mike’s Pizza moved up 34 spots on the latest Franchise Times 400 ranking. It’s no wonder, given our consistent sales growth as illustrated in our ranking by this chart: In addition to similar rankings from Entrepreneur magazine and Franchise Direct, this news shows that Mountain Mike’s is succeeding. Read our ranking in Franchise Times by clicking here. Everyone in franchising …

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Mountain Mike’s Leaps Up The List in the Franchise Direct 100

Mountain Mike’s Pizza is now the 27th hottest franchise brand according to Franchise Direct. What’s even more amazing: We moved up 68 spots in their latest Franchise Direct 100 ranking. That makes Mountain Mike’s one of the Top 4 pizza brands, right on the heels of Pizza Hut, Domino’s, and Papa John’s. We are proud to be challenging national brands …

Mountain Mike’s is the #4 Pizza Brand on the Entrepreneur 500

Mountain Mike’s Pizza has ranked #4 among the nation’s top pizza brands by Entrepreneur magazine in its highly coveted 2022 Franchise 500 List. This year, a record 1,177 companies applied, and Mountain Mike’s climbed to #107 on the overall list, jumping an impressive 85 spots from its 2021 position. The magazine’s Franchise 500 List is the world’s most comprehensive franchise …

Sales grew +24% in 2021

Mountain Mike’s Pizza has a proud history, and we added to it in 2021 by growing sales +24%. Same Store Sales grew +15%, which means that our franchisees had a tremendous year. As a team, the Mountain Mike’s Pizza brand surged past $250 million. “As we approach the opening of our 250th store early this year, Mountain Mike’s continues to …

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Mountain Mike’s Sees Surge in Digital Sales

Most pizza franchises saw increased sales throughout 2020 and the first half of 2021, as large-scale COVID-19 shutdowns fueled demand for affordable luxuries that could be enjoyed at home. The pizza brands that profited most were those that maximized the socially distanced customer experience through effective take-out and delivery systems. Another key success factor: making it easy to order pizza …

Chris Britt and Ed St. Geme on Mountain Mike’s

Chris Britt and Ed St. Geme on Mountain Mike’s

Chris Britt and Ed St. Geme became principal owners and co-CEOs of Mountain Mike’s Pizza in 2017. By the end of 2018 (year of the California-based brand’s 40th anniversary), new restaurants were already opening twice as fast as before. Mountain Mike’s now has locations operating or developing in eight states, with more soon to come: the total number of restaurants …

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Success During COVID-19

The Pizza Category During the COVID-19 Pandemic For all that the economy has suffered due to COVID-19, several industries and brands have seen increased sales throughout the pandemic. Pizza is one of the industries, and Mountain Mike’s is one of the brands. When restaurants closed to dine-in business in early 2020, carryout and delivery orders multiplied, and brands that already …