What Ingredients Make a Restaurant Franchise Successful?

What Ingredients Make a Restaurant Franchise Successful?

When it comes to choosing the best restaurant franchise, you want to make sure you have all the right ingredients. Here are the top ingredients that help make Pizza Factory successful:

Opportune Industry

First things first, investing in a thriving industry is one of the best ways to see success early on. Pizza is one of America’s favorite cuisines, with the market expected to reach over $54B by 2023. That’s a lot of dough!

After experiencing record-breaking growth in 2021, Pizza Factory is taking advantage of the lucrative pizza segment, and its future is looking bright! Not everyone can tout Awesome sales like we can, with 2021 boasting a 12.5% increase in year-over-year AUV.

Following a Proven System

Rather than taking the risk of starting your business from scratch, franchise owners are given a proven playbook for success. Following the system preserves the integrity of the brand while protecting your investment.

Since 1978, Pizza Factory has remained true to its hometown roots with an innovative approach, providing family-friendly dining and quality products to 100+ communities nationwide. Plus, many of our devout fans have gone on to become franchise owners themselves, turning their passion for pizza into profit with our established systems and processes.

Being a Valuable Community Member

Small business owners are an integral part of the communities they serve. Supporting the community where your customers live will help your business succeed.

Each Pizza Factory franchisee plays an important role in his or her neighborhood as a community leader. From sponsoring sports leagues and school nights to hosting fundraising events, our franchisees are truly Awesome members of their community.

Supportive Franchisor

A franchisee is only as great as the support behind them. Having support after you open makes a huge difference in the success of the franchise. At Pizza Factory, our robust training program includes four days in our test kitchen and three weeks at a training store, helping you and your team master our craft.

We’ve got all the ingredients at Pizza Factory. Learn more about franchising opportunities.

Turning Passion into Profit

Everyone loves pizza, no matter how you slice it. But what if you could turn your pizza passion into a profit?

Pizza Factory franchisees have the love and passion for all things pizza, and community. Our franchisees’ hearts are in the business, they are eager to support their employees and want to bring positivity to their town.

In fact, several of our franchisees started out as superfans themselves. The beauty of our model is we embed ourselves in the fabric of communities, with an innovative approach to operations to allow our franchisees to thrive.

Within the thriving $46 billion pizza industry, there’s plenty of room to grab a piece of the action. Let’s meet some of our pizza perfect franchisees:

Our Pizza Perfect Franchisees

Longtime Pizza Factory fans Mike and Terri Sanchez started their fandom in their hometown of Filmore, California. Since then, the couple went on to own multiple locations throughout Nevada and most recently opened a milestone restaurant in a new state, Texas.

The husband-and-wife entrepreneurial team has always loved Pizza Factory’s community values and sees the restaurant forming numerous connections with Fate residents.

“Our family has been big fans of Pizza Factory for many years and after moving to Fate, we knew almost instantly the brand would fit perfectly within the community,” said Terri Sanchez. “We are so honored to open Pizza Factory’s first Texas location. Entrepreneurship is something Mike and I value closely and given Pizza Factory’s seamless approach to operations; the brand makes the leap into business ownership so easy. We’re confident Pizza Factory will become a staple within our community and are excited to see the brand further expand.”

A Pizza Factory delivery driver turned franchisee; Anthony Lum truly embodies the passion we look for in our owners. For over 20 years, the Temecula Pizza Factory has remained true to its roots, providing family-friendly dining, and a high-quality product to their community. Lum met his now wife, Breanna Hawkins while working at Pizza Factory and is thrilled to continue growing with the brand.

With a business mindset, open heart and entrepreneurial spirit, you too may have the makings to be a pizza-perfect franchisee. Learn more about franchising opportunities with Pizza Factory.

Top Pizza Franchise of 2022

Pizza is always in high demand, which means it provides plenty of thriving franchises.

Amid the booming pizza industry, Pizza Factory is experiencing record-breaking sales and new store growth. This serves as a true testament to our brand power, with single and multi-unit operators signing on to grab a slice of the growing, recession-resistant pizza segment.

Here’s why you should join one of the best pizza franchises:


Franchisee Focused

With over four decades of experience, we know our way around the kitchen and the pizza industry. When you join our business, you’re joining a family who will be there every step of the way.

At Pizza Factory, we pride ourselves on providing franchisees with the best-in-class support whether you are new to business ownership or a seasoned restaurant operator. From our initial site selection and development guidance to our training and in-store launch to continual operations, marketing and technical support, we bring you the ease of business ownership with proven systems and processes.


Diverse Menu

Our diverse menu is second to none— and more than just pizza! There’re no frozen ingredients here. We are proud to nourish communities with the highest quality pizza, pasta, sandwiches, salads, breadsticks and appetizers made in-house daily. Our hand-tossed dough, sauce made in-house, hand-shredded cheese and all-fresh toppings are distinctive elements that set us apart in the pizza industry.


Recession Resistant

Did you hear the news? Franchise Business Review named us on its Best Recession-Proof Businesses in 2022. Our brand’s resilience over the last two years has demonstrated the inherent strengths of our business model. From rolling out our Express prototype to support our thriving carryout and delivery business to achieving record-breaking sales, our iconic community-focused pizzeria is breaking barriers in the industry.



Our communities are at the heart of each Pizza Factory restaurant, and we’re committed to building strong relationships nationwide. Each franchisee loves their guests and the social aspect of being a pillar in their community.

Any way you slice it, our franchise opportunity is one of the hottest out there! Learn more about franchising opportunities with Pizza Factory.

Diversify, Save Dough & Grow with Multi-Unit Franchise Ownership

Franchising is an attractive business opportunity for many reasons. It presents the opportunity to utilize an established concept with a proven blueprint of operations. Multi-unit franchising – the ownership of multiple units within a given territory – has become the go-to strategy in recent years, with the lucrative opportunity to capitalize on a specific market.

Many multi-unit owners appreciate revenue diversification by managing more than one franchise location. It can mean a safer investment since your revenue isn’t solely based on one unit.

Let’s explore the multi-unit opportunities within our piping hot pizza concept:

Own a Slice of Success

Pizza Factory offers enticing incentives for multi-unit operators that make the decision to franchise with us even sweeter! Right now, new multi-unit development agreements receive a discounted franchise fee, 0% royalty and $10,000 in free POS equipment – check out the full details below.

  • Reduced franchise fee ($15,000 1st restaurant, $10,000 2nd restaurant, $5,000 3rd or more restaurants
  • 0% royalty for the first three months, 3% for the next 21 months
  • Two free register systems for first restaurant ($10,000 value)

*Offer is valid through May 2022.

With flexible formats in a variety of markets and real estate opportunities, there’s never been a better time for multi-unit operators to diversify and grow with us.

Multi-Brand Operators Grow Pizza Factory Footprint

As a West Coast legend with 100-plus locations, we’re strengthening our network nationwide with seasoned operators. Most recently, we signed an exciting five-pack area development agreement with seasoned multi-brand restaurant entrepreneurs, Larry Yanez and Jesus Martinez, to expand our hometown pizzeria in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Currently, the duo operates 17 Wingstop locations across Southern California. When looking to diversify their portfolio, they were attracted to our brand for the quality of our products, strong leadership team and community-centered roots.

“Jesus and I were interested in diversifying with a new brand and when searching for the right concept, Pizza Factory stood out to us,” said Yanez, owner of Fresh Up Restaurants, a restaurant development group. “The brand’s existing fanbase in California, continued commitment to innovation and hands-on corporate team were all aspects that we were searching for with our next brand. Given our experience with restaurant operations in and around San Bernardino, we’re confident Pizza Factory’s Express model will perform well in the market with its seamless approach to off-premise dining. We’re excited to expand our restaurant footprint with Pizza Factory and add the West Coast icon to our ownership portfolio.”

Pizza Factory is continuing to grow in prime markets across the country. Our flexible formats and commitment to community involvement offer an attractive investment opportunity for seasoned entrepreneurs and restauranteurs alike.

Any way you slice it, our franchise opportunity is one of the hottest out there! Learn more about franchising opportunities with Pizza Factory.

Why Community Should Be the Heart of Your Business

Community connections are what help make small businesses stand out. In fact, many customers are drawn to businesses they know and trust.

Small businesses that are good neighbors tend to do well in their communities simply because they’re liked and respected for their giveback efforts. In terms of creating brand awareness, getting involved in the town your business operates in is just as important as local marketing and customer service.

Not sure where to start? Here are some great ways your business can give back to the local community.

1. Sponsor a Youth Sports Team

Youth sports sponsorships are a win-win for brands and leagues. Chances are that one of your staff members and many of your customers have children on the local youth sports team. But you and your employees can take it a step further. Show up and cheer them on – show that you really care about them.

2. Donate Your Product or Service

Offering your products or services to members of your community can make a great impact. Simple acts of generosity like donating food to frontline workers or a homeless shelter are awesome ways to show how much you care.

3. Sponsor or Host a Fundraising Event

Your business can be more than just a place of commerce—it can also be a gathering spot where neighbors come to enjoy a sense of community. Try hosting game nights, fundraiser dinners or even neighborhood mixers to promote community gatherings.

Rooted in Community

At Pizza Factory, our communities are at the heart of our business, and we’re committed to building strong relationships nationwide. Our franchisees love their guests and the social aspect of being a member in the community.

Each Pizza Factory franchisee plays an important role in his or her neighborhood as a community leader. From sponsoring sports leagues and school nights to donating pizza and hosting fundraising events, Pizza Factory franchisees are truly Awesome – donating a helping hand to those who need it.

As a community staple in 100-plus hometowns, we’ve stayed true to our roots with hardworking operators, family-friendly dining and creating a warm and welcoming environment for our customers.

Learn more about franchising opportunities with Pizza Factory.

Serving Up Awesome Awards

Order up! We’re serving up awesome awards with Entrepreneur ranking our iconic West Coast brand on their 43rd Franchise 500® list. This honor shines a light on our brand momentum following a successful year with record breaking sales, expanding into 11 new markets and nearly three million pizzas sold.

This is the 43rd year of the Entrepreneur ranking, which highlights the unique challenges and changes that have shaped the franchise industry over the last year—and how franchisors have adapted and evolved to meet them. Specifically, brands are ranked according to costs and fees, size and growth, support, brand strength and financial stability.

“All that we’ve accomplished is a testament to our incredible system of corporate team members and new and existing franchisees,” said CEO Mary Jane Riva. “From introducing our concept to three new states to debuting our new Express model to experiencing our best sales in 12 years, 2021 was definitely a year to remember. We welcomed a number of owners in 2021, most of which were longtime fans of Pizza Factory. It’s exciting to look back on the milestones we hit this year. I’m looking forward to seeing our concept continue to thrive in 2022 and maintaining our reputation as an innovative West Coast pizza icon.”

This announcement comes on the heels of Franchise Business Review naming us a Top Franchise for 2022.

Franchise Business Review, a market research firm that performs independent surveys of franchisee satisfaction and employee engagement, provides the only rankings and awards for franchise companies based solely on actual franchisee satisfaction and performance. Franchise Business Review publishes its rankings of the top 200 franchises in its annual Guide to Today’s Top Franchises.

We were among over 300 franchise brands, representing more than 30,000 franchise owners, that participated in Franchise Business Review’s research. Pizza Factory franchisees were surveyed on 33 benchmark questions about their experience and satisfaction regarding critical areas of their franchise systems, including training & support, operations, franchisor/franchisee relations, and financial opportunity.

“While the pandemic impacted various business sectors differently, the last 18 months have clearly demonstrated the inherent strengths of the franchise business model. The old franchise adage of ‘being in business for yourself, but not by yourself’ has never been more important,” said Franchise Business Review founder & CEO Eric Stites. “Thanks to fast innovations, significant support, and responsive crisis management, many franchise brands have emerged stronger from the pandemic, and that is reflected in high franchisee satisfaction.”

Learn more about franchising opportunities with Pizza Factory.

Why Pizza Factory is the Best Pizza Franchise for 2022

Amid the thriving pizza industry landscape, our iconic pizza franchise is experiencing a record-breaking year thanks in part to flexible formats, expanding into two new states and piping hot sales.

Knead to hear more? Here’s why now is the right time to franchise with Pizza Factory:

An American Staple, Anywhere

The main appeal of a pizza franchise is that consumers can enjoy a customized food in a quick-service environment, whether that’s dine-in, takeout or delivery.

We understand there’s no one-size fits all when it comes to franchising. That’s why we offer a range of buildout options based on your real estate needs and ideal customer demographic.

Staying ahead of consumer trend’s, this year, we launched our latest flexible format—Pizza Factory Express, which capitalizes on the thriving takeout and delivery business. With spaces around 1,000 sq. feet, franchisees eliminate additional dine-in space and reduce labor costs associated with a larger setting.

Piping Hot Sales

Did you know that 91% of Americans report eating pizza at least once a month? As we’ve said before, the pizza segment is hot, but our sales are hotter.

In fact, we sold nearly three million total pizzas this year alone – that’s a lot of dough!

Opening a pizza franchise means you’re offering a high-demand product with a wide, existing fanbase. This year, our stores recorded record-breaking sales, the highest in a 12-year brand history. And we’ve got no signs of slowing down.

New Market Potential

With over four decades of experience, Pizza Factory knows its way around the kitchen and the pizza franchise industry. When you join our business, you’re joining the family who will be there every step of the way.

We’ve remained true to our hometown roots, with our simple philosophy—to become the fabric of the communities we serve. No doubt, 2021 brought immense growth, with 11 new markets, and Pizza Factory breaking into two new states—Texas and Georgia.

With untapped potential for growth in markets nationwide, there’s never been a better time to join our proven brand with a winning franchise blueprint.

Learn more about franchising opportunities with Pizza Factory.


Establishing Brand Identity in New Markets

When it comes to franchising, growth remains the ultimate goal. Whether your brand’s strategy is to establish a national presence or simply expand within an existing region, the “growing pains” likely include expanding into new states.

Since the U.S. greatly differs in demographics and culture, there are many factors to consider when bringing a franchise into a new territories. Between our entrance into new states and continued growth along the West Coast, our piping hot pizza concept is experiencing tremendous growth. This year alone, we’ve welcomed Pizza Factory locations in two new states, Georgia and Texas, along with growth across California and Oregon, fueling our rank as an iconic West Coast brand.

But before we enter into a new market, here are a few things we always consider:


Local Demographics

Pizza Factory adds Georgia and Texas to lineup.When a franchise is ready to enter a new state, it likely has a target on an existing customer base. There’s plenty of research done prior to ensure the demographics in the new market fit within the target audience to give the franchise the best chance of success.

At Pizza Factory, it’s not uncommon that our franchisees were once fans of our brand, and they become eager to share their experience with their local communities. In fact, local entrepreneur and dedicated Pizza Factory fan, Brandon Broadwell, was the first to expand our concept to the Southeast in Athens, Georgia:

“The brand’s attention to detail, truly caring about the product and customers while also maintaining a community-centered culture, are all powerful brand characteristics that I identify with. I’m extremely excited to open the first Pizza Factory in Georgia and look forward to growing alongside the brand in the future.”


Research Existing Competition

Another major factor that comes with opening in a new market is competition. Franchisors can do a little digging to find out the existing competition in the market and how their brand differentiates.

Unlike other quick-service pizzerias, everything on our menu is prepared with the freshest ingredients, such as hand-grated 100 percent mozzarella cheese, slow-cooked meat sauce and meatballs that are hand-rolled in-house. As a differentiator, we also offer a wider menu variety than most, with hot and cold sandwiches, pasta, chicken wings and more.

As the ever-evolving go-to neighborhood spot to experience family-friendly dining, our locations are guaranteed to have high-quality meals and a hardworking staff that’s passionate about service. It’s our commitment to quality and service that sets us apart.


Clue in to the Neighborhood Culture

At Pizza Factory, we understand there’s no one size fits all approach for establishing brand recognition. Our commitment to community and quality products remains the foundation of our success when we establish in new markets. Though each neighborhood we serve offers a unique culture that we immerse ourselves in to become a fabric of the community.

Our franchisees pride themselves on playing an integral role as community leaders and make a positive impact on the neighborhoods we serve. From sponsoring local sports teams and hosting fundraising events, we are there to make a positive impact on the neighborhoods we serve.

Learn more about franchising opportunities with Pizza Factory.

What to Expect at a Discovery Day?

When you’re looking into franchise business opportunities, you may be invited to a discovery day. A discovery day is the next step for serious candidates who’ve met the franchisor’s financial and experience requirements to learn more about the franchise opportunity. Essentially, this is an opportunity to find out if you and the franchisor are the right match before the ultimate decision of franchise ownership is made.


Do Your Homework

Just as you would prepare for a job interview, be sure to have done your homework beforehand. Before you go, study the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) and have a list of follow-up questions prepared. Discovery Days are a great opportunity to meet those on the franchise executive team face-to-face and get all your questions answered.


5 Questions to Bring to Discovery Day

Prospects that ask questions show their genuine interest in the franchise opportunity, ask things like:

  1. How does the brand support its franchisees?
  2. What are their long-term strategic goals?
  3. What are other franchisees saying about the brand?
  4. What are the typical methods of communicating with franchisees?
  5. How does this brand compare to others in the industry?


Clue in to the Company Culture

This is a great opportunity to assess the franchise culture reflected by its leaders and employees. Ask yourself, do you align with their mission and values and whether you would enjoy working with them for years to come.


What Happens Next?

Most franchisors aren’t expecting a check or to sign an agreement that day. After attending a discovery day, you’ll have time to go home and think about what you learned to decide if this is the right choice for you.


Interactive Discovery Days: At the Factory

Are you ready to start throwin’ dough with our CEO? Only at a Pizza Factory discovery day!

We hold several discovery day events across the country for growth-minded individuals looking to save dough and grow with our iconic West Coast pizza franchise. Typically, you’ll meet with CEO Mary Jane Riva, VP of Operations Steve Gibbs and Laura Tanaka, VP of Franchise Development, to learn more about our fresh, quality menu, flexible build options and extensive corporate support.

Learn more about franchising opportunities and how you can be a part of our next discovery day.

Why You Should Invest in a Pizza Franchise

Why You Should Invest in a Pizza Franchise

Pizza Factory featured menu itemsChoosing a sector to franchise a new business in can be an overwhelming task. With so many options out there, which opportunity is best for you?

For many, the answer is simple – restaurants. But even within the franchise restaurant industry, there are so many options to explore. Should you go classic with burgers and fries, trendy with smoothie bowls, sit down, or fast-casual? The opportunities are endless.

It’s no secret that pizza is a worldwide favorite. In fact, the U.S. pizza market rakes in more than $45.1 billion annually with no signs of cooling off. The fast-casual pizza industry has plenty of staying power thanks to innovative online ordering and delivery options, seamlessly earning a spot in the hearts and stomachs of fans around the world.

But with so many pizza concepts, which one is the best? Pizza Factory is a cut above the rest, and we’re here to prove it.


Diverse menu

Our diverse menu is second to none- and more than just pizza! There’re no frozen ingredients here – we are proud to nourish communities with the highest quality pizza, pasta, sandwiches, salads, breadsticks and appetizers made in house daily. Our hand-tossed dough, sauce made in-house, hand-shredded cheese and all-fresh toppings are distinctive elements that set us apart in the pizza industry.

Plus, with our mobile ordering app and seamless takeout, curbside and delivery process, we’re able to serve Pizza Factory fans from the comfort of their homes too.


Flexible formats

We’re looking towards the future with a brand-new Express model that emphasizes our thriving carryout and delivery business. The Express model supplements our two existing formats with a sleek design and savings on operations, staffing and FF&E expenses. Our multiple flexible formats—ranging from quick-service to fast-casual options—sharpen our competitive edge, opening a path for rapid restaurant expansion into untapped, prime markets.


Strong Support System

At Pizza Factory we boast a strong family-oriented culture, and pride ourselves on providing franchisees with the best training, marketing tools and technology support in the industry. Starting with our initial four-week long kitchen and in-store training, to ongoing guidance from field staff, our team is always working to grow your bottom line. Plus, our leadership team is down-to-earth, fun and driven to make decisions in the best interest for franchisees.

Ready to top your portfolio with an awesome investment at Pizza Factory? Learn more about our franchising opportunities and schedule a time to connect.