That ‘other’ fast-bake pizza chain in the region is growing rapidly, too

Published: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 @ 7:52 AM

Pizza wars rage on throughout the Miami Valley

It may be outnumbered in the Miami Valley’s fast-bake pizza restaurant market by a ratio of about 14 to 2, but MOD Pizza says it is experiencing its own rapid growth across the nation. 

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The Seattle-based MOD Pizza is now the only chain competitor left in the local fast-bake pizza market to Kettering-based Rapid Fired Pizza, now that Cleveland-based PizzaFire has shut down its restaurant on Far Hills Avenue in Kettering.

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But Rapid Fired has aggressively protected its home turf, opening more than a dozen Dayton-area locations in the last two years, including its most recent addition in Xenia. MOD Pizza operates restaurants on North Main Street (Ohio 48) in Englewood and in the Cornerstone of Centerville development in Centerville. 

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MOD Pizza officials reported yesterday, March 13 that nationwide, the company added 110 restaurants in 2017, bringing its total to 302, while same-store sales grew by 5.2 percent. System-wide sales reached $275 million, up more than 81 percent, and the company’s net revenue reached $219 million, up 68 percent over 2016. MOD Pizza expanded into seven new states and created 2,600 new jobs in 2017, company officials said in a release. 

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MOD Pizza is scheduled to offer grand opening giveaways starting at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, at 7240 Outfitters Way in West Chester Twp. GREG LYNCH/STAFF(Staff Writer)

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Locally, MOD Pizza opened in Englewood location in April 2017, and its Centerville location in September 2017. It also operates a location in West Chester across from the Liberty Center.

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To support its rapid growth, MOD raised $33 million in equity in 2017 and has raised over $185 million in total equity capital since its inception. 

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Zachery Johnson, Kayla Kelley and Michelle Rahn create pizzas at the new MOD Pizza, which is scheduled to offer grand opening giveaways starting at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, at 7240 Outfitters Way in West Chester Twp. GREG LYNCH/STAFF(Staff Writer)

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“2017 was an amazing year for MOD as we added 110 stores to our system-wide store base, making it the second year in a row during which we grew by 100 stores or more,” Scott Svenson, co-founder and CEO of MOD Pizza, said in a release.

Last year, the MOD Pizza pizza-and-salad brand was named winner of the Future 50 Pacesetter award, which recognizes the outstanding performer among the onetime Future 50 chains.

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MOD Pizza is open in West Chester Twp. GREG LYNCH / STAFF(Staff Writer)

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MOD — an acronym that stands for “made on demand” — was founded in 2008 by Scott and Ally Svenson, the husband-and-wife team that formerly founded Seattle Coffee Co., a United Kingdom operation that was subsequently sold to Starbucks. Scott Svenson served after the sale as president of Starbucks’ European operations.

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Scott serves today as CEO of MOD, and Ally is brand vice president.

MOD is among the pioneers of the fast casual pizza segment, in which individual pizzas are made on demand, then cooked in an 800 degree oven in less than three minutes. Made-to-order salads also are available, as are milkshakes, house-made lemonades and iced teas, and local craft beers and wine.
MOD Pizza will open its first Dayton-area location in Englewood, and its second in Centerville. Photo from MOD Pizza Facebook page

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Firefighters put out car fire in Dayton

Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 4:49 AM

Dayton police and fire responded to calls of a car fire in the parking lot of Dayton Supply and Tool Sunday.

The call came in around 3:40 a.m. at the location of 140 N. Keowee St. in Dayton.

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The driver of the vehicle was the only one involved and not injured.

The cause of the fire was not known.

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Sunshine today, rain and snow later this week

Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 12:35 AM

Sunshine returns Sunday in the Dayton area, with the chance for rain and snow returning later in the week.

Mostly sunny skies are expected today, which will be a nice day with highs in the lower 50s, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said.

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  • Sunny and nice today
  • Rain returns Monday evening
  • Chance for snow Monday night/early Tuesday

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Tonight: A few more clouds are expected overnight as temperatures drop into the lower 30s.

Monday: Clouds will increase through the day with highs in the lower to middle 50s. The chance for rain returns in the evening, and with temperatures falling past sunset, a few wet flakes may mix in as well.

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Tuesday: A few lingering snow showers or a wintry mix will be possible early. Mostly cloudy skies are expected with highs in the lower to middle 40s.

Wednesday: The chance for any snow looks small, but can’t be ruled out. It’ll be a cold day with highs in the upper 30s.

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Thursday: Partly sunny skies are expected with highs in the lower 40s.

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No injuries reported in shots fired at K-9 Club in Dayton

Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 1:35 AM
Updated: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 1:35 AM

UPDATE @ 1:59 a.m.:

There were no reported injuries in a reported shots fired incident at K-9 Club in Dayton. 


Crews are on scene of a reported shots fired at K-9 Club in Dayton located at 5100 Germantown Pike, according to regional dispatch.

The call came in around 1:15 a.m. Sunday, per initial reports.

We have a crew on scene and will update this page as information becomes available. 

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California Girl Scout sells 312 boxes of cookies near pot dispensary

Published: Tuesday, February 06, 2018 @ 8:09 AM

Girl Scout Sells More Than 300 Boxes of Cookies Near Pot Dispensary

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A 9-year-old Girl Scout in California discovered a strategic spot to sell cookies -- in front of the Urbn Leaf marijuana dispensary in San Diego, The San Diego-Union Tribune reported.

The girl and her father, whose identities are not being revealed, said they sold 312 boxes of cookies in a few hours during Super Bowl weekend, KGTV reported. The girl did not set up on the property of the dispensary, but was in plain view of the building, KGTV reported.

So customers craving Thin Mints, S’mores or Samoas had a convenient place to buy them.

However, the dispensary posted a photo on Instagram showing the girl with boxes of cookies in front of the business.

“Get some Girl Scout Cookies with your GSC today until 4 p.m.! Have a friend that wants to #tagalong? Bring them with -- shopping is more fun with friends anyways," the company wrote on the Instagram post. "GSC" refers to a product flavored like Girl Scout Cookies, KGTV reported.

California has legalized recreational marijuana for sale and consumption, but selling the cookies outside a dispensary has drawn criticism with some calling it bad parenting, the Union-Tribune reported.

A spokesman for the Girl Scouts said there are rules for selling cookies outside businesses. Mary Doyle, the organization’s communications director, told the Union-Tribune in a statement that Girl Scouts can set up booths outside businesses if they get a permit from the owner and sell between Feb. 9 and March 11. She added that a marijuana dispensary is not an approved site for booth sales.

But since the girl had cookies loaded in a rolling cart, was staying on the sidewalk and was accompanied by an adult, she was technically within the rules, Alison Bushan, a spokeswoman for Girl Scouts San Diego, told the Union-Tribune. 

"So if that's what they say they were doing … then they were right within the rules," Bushan told KGTV.

Bushan said Girl Scouts can only sell cookies on “walk-abouts” in neighborhoods. Urbn Leaf is located in a commercial zone, the Union-Tribune reported.

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