About Toppers

That’s because at Toppers Pizza we believe decisions about what goes into your pizza should be made in a kitchen, not a boardroom. In fact, we don’t just believe it—we live it. Ask anyone on Team Toppers and they’ll tell you:

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Those details begin with a friendly face, making dough fresh daily and insisting on real Wisconsin cheese (and nothing but real Wisconsin cheese), and they don’t stop until we’ve double-checked your order and run (literally run) to your door so the food is still hot.

Some place “corporate” might say we do this by sticking to a set of core values. Maybe so, but at Toppers, it’s just who we are. We:

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Our belief in doing pizza right—respecting pizza—has been central to Toppers since before we even opened our doors. And we’re not the only ones who feel this way. See how Toppers has caught on over the years:


Do you love pizza? Do you refuse to settle for good enough? Sounds like you’re already one of us.

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There’s a right way and a wrong way to make pizza. If you believe in doing things the right way, join us.

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Toppers takeover timeline

Timeline 1991 Scott


Fed up with being forced to serve lesser quality food at the national pizza chain where he was working, Scott Gittrich finalizes the idea that eventually turns into Toppers Pizza. “Note to Self: To Scott, Stop Settling, Love Scott.”

Timeline 1993 First Toppers


The first Toppers Pizza opens in Whitewater, WI. Soon after, Topperstix are invented.

Timeline 2002 Franchise


Toppers Pizza officially decides to franchise with a store in Eau Claire, WI. Why? Because like a good party pizza, great ideas are worth sharing.

Timeline 2007 15th Store


15th Toppers store opens—and it becomes clear this is a movement people can get behind.

Timeline 2008 First Online Delivery


First online order delivered! By 2015, over 35% of Toppers orders will happen electronically. (Yay, Internet!)

Timeline 2009 Record Profit


Toppers stores experience record profits despite the worst economic conditions in decades. How’s that taste, Wall Street?

Timeline 2010 Feeding America


Our Feeding America partnership begins. By 2014, donations will have provided 2 million meals.

Timeline 2011 30th Store


30th Toppers store opens. Six new franchise groups sign deals. Stores open in five new states. Pretty. Big. Year.

Timeline 2012 One To Watch


QSR magazine ranks Toppers as a “One to Watch” franchise opportunity. Coincidentally, everyone who’s ever had Topperstix also ranked them as “Ones to Crave.”

Timeline 2013 50th Store


50th Toppers opens. Toppers reaches 10 states. Toppers announces plans for nationwide growth. Toppers expands headquarters and training facilities to serve franchisees. NRN ranks Toppers as one of the “Top 50 Breakout Chains of the Year.” And we’re still making pizza like the local pizza place around the corner—’cause we are.

Timeline 2014 60th Store


60th Toppers opens (ahem, that’s 32% unit growth in a single year) as we celebrate 40 quarters of consecutive sales increases. Toppers is also named to:

  • Pizza Today’s “Top 100 Pizza Chains in United States”
  • QSR’s “Best Franchise Deals”
  • Entrepreneur magazine’s “Top 500 Franchises in the US”
  • Jessica’s “Original Party Starter”

Timeline 2015 75th Store


75th Toppers opens, bringing Toppers Nation to fanatics in 13 states. Plus, Toppers sells out of available markets in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Nebraska…and you know what that means: pizza for everyone!

Timeline 2017 100th Store


100th Toppers store opens. Just watch.

Timeline 2025 700th Toppers


700th Toppers opens!*

* Want to help us get there? We’re looking for experienced restaurant operators who believe in doing pizza right to open multiple store locations in exclusive development territories across the US. Learn more at toppersfranchise.com.

This pretty much sums it up:

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