Seattle-based Mod Pizza will debut six Philadelphia-area locations this year, reports Philadelphia Business Journal. The "Made On Demand" pizza chain is in rapid expansion mode following a $15M cash infusion last year and plans to debut in our region in 2015 with stores in Willow Grove, Wayne (two locations), Glen Mills, Allentown, and Marlton, NJ. To date, the chain exists mostly along the west coast, with a handful of stores in Arizona and Texas.
Mod is a fast-casual concept specializing in individual pies topped and quickly fired to order. Similar to Snap Custom Pizza in Ardmore (or, more broadly, "like Chipotle for pizza"), everything is fully customizable, assembly-line style, and all pies go for a flat rate regardless of how many or how few toppings you desire.
The chain also offers built-to-order salads (and "pizza salads," which are pizzas topped with greens, if you want to go really crazy), sweet dessert pizzas, and milkshakes.
The first location, in Willow Grove, will reportedly open on March 12. While eventual expansion into Philly is not out of the question, the suburbs are the chain's main focus, with a spokesperson telling PBJ, "We want to be where mom is going after school or where the soccer team is meeting after practice."