This pizza chain founded by a former Starbucks executive is blowing up

Wood-fired pizza is the latest trend in fast casual dining, and there's a new major player on the scene.

MOD Pizza pioneered the fast casual pizza category by opening its first location in Seattle in 2008. Since then, it has grown to 80 locations all over the US, with plans to open 18 more restaurants by year end.

Co-founders Ally and Scott Svenson, who have four sons, decided to open a pizza restaurant after struggling to find an affordable option for their family.

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