June 22, 2015 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA – Leading fast-casual pizza brand Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint is bringing its chef-driven, customized pizza to Huntsville/Madison Ala. and the surrounding communities. The Atlanta-based build-your-own pizza concept will open in its first restaurant in early 2016 on Highway 72 in Madison, Ala. with plans to open a total of three restaurants in the next 4 years. The metro Huntsville, Ala., restaurants are being developed by franchisees John Allen Howard, Jr., a commercial real estate attorney from Montgomery, Ala., and his wife Joy McAfee Howard, an estate planning attorney who is originally from Cullman, Ala. where her family owns and operates Cullman Cabinet & Supply and the Added Touch. John and Joy will partner with another investor (and operating partner) to be named at a later date.
The Howards chose North Alabama for its vibrant community and growing economy.
“Huntsville, Madison, Decatur, Athens, and Cullman all have booming economies, are great places to live and work, and are fantastic markets for an Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint,” said John Howard, Uncle Maddio’s franchisee. “I think the demand for delicious, customized pizza with quality ingredients is just what these residents are missing, and I look forward to filling that gap in the dining scene.”
Alabama residents have already come to know Uncle Maddio’s and have enjoyed its menu at the Auburn and Daphne, Ala., locations. The restaurant has also announced plans to open in Birmingham, Ala., later this year.
“I’m confident our made-from-scratch pizza will be a big hit in Huntsville and the surrounding communities,” said Matt Andrew, CEO of Uncle Maddio’s. “Our restaurants are a gathering place for friends, families and co-workers, and we are excited to contribute our style of pizza to the metro Huntsville community.”
Since launching its aggressive growth plan in 2008, Uncle Maddio's has signed franchise agreements with 55 different entities in 18 states. Many of Uncle Maddio's franchisees have previous multi-unit experience with other quality concepts including Jimmy John's, Firehouse Subs, and Five Guys. Uncle Maddio's is on track to have 300 restaurants open in five years with 1,000 units in development and is opening units every 10 days.
Uncle Maddio's offers premium ingredients and more customization than any other fast-casual pizza chain. Guests choose from one of three crusts, including a gluten-free option, and 48 toppings including six sauces, 27 vegetables and 15 meats. More than 30 menu items are made fresh daily in-house. For those with dietary restrictions, Uncle Maddio's serves up a huge selection of healthful options such as whole wheat and gluten-free crusts, hormone-free chicken, fresh local vegetables, Daiya vegan cheese and organic greens. Create-your-own signature salads and toasted Panini sandwiches round out the Italian-style menu. The restaurant also offers a selection of craft beers and wine.
For more information on Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint, visit www.unclemaddios.com. Interested franchisees can visit www.unclemaddios.com/franchise-info/ or contact Roger Wagerman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With more than 1,000 Pizza Makers making more than 2,000,000 gourmet pizzas a year, Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint is category leader of the create-your-own premium fast casual pizza restaurants. Operating 33 locations in 14 states, Uncle Maddio's opened 10 restaurants in 2014 and earned a 300 percent growth rate over the last three years. With more than 225 units in development, Uncle Maddio’s is projected to double in size in 2015. Uncle Maddio's pizzas are customizable, made-to-order, and served up fast for under $8. With four pizza sizes; three types of crusts, including gluten-free; six sauces and 48 fresh toppings, many vegan, organic, and hormone-free, Uncle Maddio's has the freshest and largest menu in the category. The restaurant's unique fast bake ovens offer the most throughput in the industry and can produce 200 pizzas per hour. Uncle Maddio's also serves toasted Paninis and gourmet salads - all prepared with locally sourced ingredients (when available) and salad dressings and 30 other menu items that are made on-site daily. Uncle Maddio's 'Served with Love' philosophy and restaurant is for everyone -children and families, college students, the young and the young at heart - and serves the guests and communities it is a part of. Based in Atlanta, the Uncle Maddio's management team has 50 years combined experienced in the fast casual category. Markets are available nationwide for franchise partner development including Texas, Ohio, and New Jersey.
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