Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint, a fast casual pizza restaurant, announced today an agreement to develop three restaurants for Ocala and Marion, Lake and Sumter counties in Florida. In addition to the Ocala area, Uncle Maddio’s has development agreements to build three more Uncle Maddio’s in the Tallahassee area and five more units in the Jacksonville and Gainesville areas. Uncle Maddio’s has named Florida as a priority market and will build nearly 30 total units throughout the state in the next five years.
The personalized pizza franchise, known for its chef-driven recipes, pizza variety and fresh, premium quality ingredients, was created by the former co-founder of Moe’s Southwest Grill, Matt Andrew. All pizzas are made-to-order and are brought to the guests’ tables in seven minutes for as little as $7. Known for its customization, guests choose one of three crusts, including a gluten-free option, and have the choice of 48 toppings including six home-made sauces, 27 fresh vegetables and 15 meats. For those with dietary restrictions or specifications, Uncle Maddio’s serves up a huge selection of healthful options like whole wheat and gluten free crusts, hormone-free chicken, fresh local vegetables, Daiya vegan cheese and organic greens. Create-your-own and signature salads and toasted panini sandwiches round out the Italian-style menu.
The Ocala, Fla. restaurant will be owned and operated by local resident Kim Ragle. Kim has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Exercise Physiology. She is currently a practicing registered nurse in Ocala. “We wanted to bring this new trend of fast casual style pizza to this area of Florida,” said Ragle. “We had looked into other fast casual opportunities and met with the Uncle Maddio’s team in Atlanta and were impressed with the “served with love” philosophy, its exceptional quality product and a proven business model.”
Ragle is married to life-long Ocala resident Ritch and the couple has two children and is active in the community.
Operating 27 locations in 15 states and 225 units in development, Uncle Maddio’s will open 12 restaurants this year, earning a 200 percent growth rate in 2013, 2014 and projected 2015. In five years the hot concept will have 500 units open and 1,000 in development. In addition to the Ocala, Fla. deal, Uncle Maddio’s recently announced it has targeted plans for franchises in Orlando, Tampa, and southeast and west Florida. The restaurant chain is currently accepting applications from potential franchisees to build these markets.
Since launching its aggressive growth plan in 2008, Uncle Maddio’s has signed franchise agreements with 50 different entities in 18 states. Many of Uncle Maddio’s franchisees have previous multi-unit experience with Jimmy John’s, Firehouse Subs, Dairy Queen, McDonalds, Burger King, Krystal, Papa John’s, Domino’s, Golden Corral and Five Guys.
About Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint. 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 27 locations in 15 states, Uncle Maddio’s will open 12 restaurants this year, earning a 200 percent growth rate in 2013, 2014 and projected 2015, with more than 225 units in development. Uncle Maddio’s pizzas are customizable, made-to-order, and served up for under $7. 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 Florida, Ohio, and Massachusetts.