Sir Charles Dunstone-backed pizza chain secures Gateshead site

LONDON, United Kingdom:  Charles Dunstone, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Carphone Warehouse communications company attends the 'Leaders in London International Leadership Summit,' in central London, 29 November 2006. Speakers at the Conference include British Entrepreneur, Richard Branson, Bob Geldof and former U.S Secretary of State, Colin Powell. AFP PHOTO/CARL DE SOUZA  (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

MOD Pizza, the fast-casual pizza chain backed in the UK by Carphone Warehouse founder Sir Charles Dunstone (pictured), is set to open in Gateshead next month.

The business has secured a unit in intu Metrocentre, which becomes its third UK location in addition to Brighton and Leeds. It has plans to massively expand in the UK over the next few years following its success in the US.

MOD’s artisan-style pizzas and salads are individually crafted using fresh-pressed dough and signature sauces.  Customers can create their own pizza and salads, choosing any combination of over 30 featured toppings, or they can chose from the menu of MOD classics.

Pizzas are hand-fired in a 300°C oven in just minutes and salads are hand-tossed for each customer.

“We are thrilled to bring MOD to Gateshead and to introduce the community to our incredible pizza and the special people-first culture,” said John Nelson, CEO of MOD UK.  “MOD is a company focused on taking care of its people and community.”

MOD was founded in the US by entrepreneurs Scott and Ally Svenson, who spent over a decade living in the UK and founded Seattle Coffee Company. They later sold it to Starbucks before working for Carluccio’s.

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