Mr Gatti’s Pizza, the beloved pizza restaurant chain with a rich nostalgic history, concluded 2023 reaching new milestones by awarding 18 franchise agreements, significantly expanding its presence with more than 140 locations either open or under development. These franchise development victories, coupled with the 6% increase in same-store sales and an 8% rise in system-wide sales in 2023, have the brand at the top of its game, as it celebrates its 55th anniversary in 2024.


“We’ve not only expanded our footprint but fortified our brand presence in the competitive restaurant industry,” said Jim Phillips, CEO at Mr Gatti’s Pizza. “We’re certainly on track to continue at this pace and have our sights set on opening at least 60 more new locations between now and the end of 2026.”


The Mr Gatti’s growth experienced in 2023 included expansion into key markets across the country including Opelika and Dadeville, Alabama; Fort Worth, Texas; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Waco, Texas; and Louisville, Kentucky. Simultaneously, the existing network showed strength as 14 franchise owners celebrated more than 30 years with the brand, and the company achieved a 100% franchise renewal rate.


Following the highs of 2023, Mr Gatti’s recently welcomed the new year with an announcement of a new convenience store franchise model suited for spaces ranging from 800 to 1,500 square feet, making it ideal for convenience stores and travel centers and paving the way for new growth opportunities.


Mr Gatti’s Pizza is actively seeking fresh franchise partners to expand its footprint, with a focus on underserved markets throughout Texas, Tennessee and the Southeastern region.