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 …

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Mountain Mike’s Pizza Named a Best Pizza Franchise Deal by QSR

Entrepreneurs seeking franchise opportunities should know which industries are currently growing and which are most adaptable to market changes. Quick-service pizza is considered virtually recession-proof (and, more recently, “pandemic-proof”) for several reasons: Relatively low cost to consumers A product beloved by multiple economic and cultural demographics Longstanding carryout and delivery tradition that continued throughout restrictions on in-store dining Potential franchisees …

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Mountain Mike’s Enters Texas Market

Mountain Mike’s Pizza, with our family-friendly service and our trademark crispy, curly pepperoni, has been a California icon since opening our first location in 1978. But we believe that other states deserve to experience “Pizza the Way It Oughta Be.” We also have restaurant units in Nevada, Oregon and Utah, plus active marketing and/or development programs in six additional states. …

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Mountain Mike’s Continues to Grow

Despite the exceptional business challenges of 2020–2021, some industries not only survived but thrived. With increased demand for good carry-out and delivery food options, the quick-service restaurant business was among these industries. Pizza restaurants, already long experienced with delivery, did particularly well with consistently growing sales month over month. Mountain Mike’s Pizza was no exception: same-store sales rose to unprecedented …

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Mountain Mike’s Makes QSR List as “Next Up” #6

Mountain Mike’s Pizza is #6 On the QSR “Next Up” List Mountain Mike’s Pizza is thrilled to be included on QSR Magazine’s “Next Up” list. We have secured the #6 spot among the 42 quick-service-restaurant brands that best promise to significantly expand their market share throughout 2021 and beyond—growing in consumer popularity, sales, new franchises and new territories. WHAT IS QSR?  …