MOD Pizza to open in York Township on Wednesday


Seattle-based MOD Pizza will open its first York County location in York Township on Wednesday, according to a company advertisement.

MOD Pizza, based out of Seattle, is planning to open two York locations this year.

The restaurant, which creates made-on-demand, artisan-style pizzas, will kick off its opening at 114 Pauline Drive within the Shoppes on Pauline shopping center by giving away a $100 gift card. Contestants can enter the giveaway through the company's website.

The location is one of two MOD Pizza shops scheduled to open in the county, with another planned in West Manchester Town Center. A company spokeswoman did not immediately return an email asking if an opening date has been set for that location.

When it announced the local plans late last year, the company operated about 95 restaurants in 14 states, including four in Pennsylvania.

​The two York County locations are among more than 100 MOD Pizza stores the company planned to open in 2016 — including one in England — with plans to continue opening 100-plus stores each year for the foreseeable future, spokeswoman Charlotte Wayte said.

The first MOD — which stands for made on demand — opened in downtown Seattle in 2008, and the company expanded to 31 stores by the end of last year.

The restaurant's pizzas are hand-cooked in an 800-degree oven in less than three minutes. The 11-inch individual pizzas are one fixed price — currently $7.87 in Pennsylvania — regardless of the number of toppings.

The menu also includes hand-tossed salads, handspun milkshakes, house-made lemonade and iced tea, and local craft beer and wine, Wayte said.

The company was founded by husband and wife Scott and Ally Svenson, who previously co-founded Carluccio's and Seattle Coffee Company in England.

The latter was eventually purchased by Starbucks, and Scott Svenson became president of Starbucks Europe.