The East of Chicago Story

EOC was founded in Willard, Ohio and a customer from Chicago that would pass through to visit family would say this is the best pizza east of Chicago! The comment stuck and now East of Chicago Pizza has more than 70 locations stretching as far east as West Virginia.

In 1991, East of Chicago Pizza was founded on our signature fresh pan pizza, devotion to quality, and the belief customers deserve the best tasting pizza with every bite. We believe our commitment to these three principles is the driving force behind our growth and success.

East of Chicago Pizza is a proven franchise system, which has thrived for thirty years in the ultra-competitive pizza industry. We have more than 70 locations in four states and East of Chicago has continued its impressive growth by surpassing 72 consecutive months of same-store-sales increases, the addition of new locations, all while breaking the $30 million mark in franchise-wide sales.

In 2008, Tony Collins, a multi-unit operator, purchased the franchise. Tony’s vision for the East of Chicago brand centered on the drive and success of existing operators. “It started with engagement of the owners across the board,” Collins said. “We looked at each operating unit and completed over 200 store visits in order to establish our vision and company goals for the next five years. Plus, we invested heavily in training and operational systems while securing national distribution channels.” Today, East of Chicago Pizza is recognized throughout the Midwest for our specialty pizzas, delicious subs, and signature wings.

In the next five years, the company plans on reaching a total of 150 units and growing the corporate structure to provide continued support to the franchisee in all aspects of development, training and operations. The drive and success of existing franchisees are major aspects of East of Chicago’s future growth plans. “You have to see beyond initial investment and want to grow larger with us,” said Collins, noting the brand emphasizes there is a huge opportunity for aggressive expansion in key territories. “We look for potential franchisees who have great passion, a background in restaurant management, or, ideally, a multi-unit operator.”

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East of Chicago Pizza was founded on our signature fresh pan pizza, devotion to quality, and the belief customers deserve the best tasting pizza with every bite.

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