Seattle-based MOD Pizza announced Friday it will open two new locations in Sammamish and Redmond later this year. The Sammamish store will be located at the Sammamish Highlands Shopping Center at 630 228th Ave NE, operated by Regency Centers.
“We’re hoping for the end of August," said Charlotte Wayte, a spokeswoman for the pizza chain. "It’s kind of vague at this point, but that’s the plan.”
MOD has six stores in Seattle, Bellevue and Lynnwood. The Sammamish store will take an about 2,800-square-foot corner spot at the mall just next to the John L. Scott office, closest to NE 8th Street, and the shop will have an outdoor patio area, Wayte said.
Wayte said MOD differs from other local competitions by focusing on personal pizzas that patrons can customize any way they wish. All pies are the same price—$6.88—regardless of the toppings.
“So it’s sort of like a Chipotle concept...fast (and) casual, but really good, really fresh," Wayte said.
The company is owned by husband and wife Ally and Scott Svenson of Medina who sold their London-based coffee business, called Seattle Coffee Company, to Starbucks in 1998. A few Starbucks advisers and former executives are also MOD advisers, Wayte said.
MOD expects to hire 60 people for the new stores in Redmond (at Bella Bottega) and Sammamish. Job seekers should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to ask about available positions, Wayte said.