“We are working on several more locations throughout Southern Ohio,” Hanson told us via email. “We expect to have 15 locations within the next few years in Ohio alone.”
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MOD Pizza is a Seattle-based pizza chain with a fast-serve, build-your-own personal-pizza concept similar to the Kettering-based Rapid Fired Pizza, which operates five Dayton-area locations and has signed leases to open several more in the coming months across the region — including one in Englewood just north of the MOD Pizza location. Another entrant into the market with a similar concept is Cleveland-based pizza chain PizzaFire, which is scheduled to open its first Dayton-area location on Monday (Aug. 22) on Far Hills Avenue in Kettering.
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William Singer, development director for the city of Englewood, said the area surrounding the I-70/Ohio 48 interchange is taking off with new development that should only accelerate now that a two-year interchange improvement project is now complete, and traffic patterns have been restored. And Englewood residents are enjoying the increasing variety of dining options, Singer said.
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MOD Pizza’s CEO Scott Svenson said in a phone interview with this news outlet last October that his company is pushing to expand throughout the Midwest. It opened its first Michigan location in suburban Detroit last summer. After having only one restaurant as recently as 2009, it is projected to have as many as 200 open nationwide by the end of this year.
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