The much-anticipated arrival of the Tri-Cities’ first MOD Pizza shop was realized when it opened May 26 in Richland.
The single-story, 2,800-square-foot restaurant at 2803 Queensgate Drive features 79 seats in the dining area and 28 seats on the outdoor patio.
MOD is the original fast pizza experience, founded in Seattle by entrepreneurs Scott and Ally Svenson. It has more than 225 location across 20 states, along with five locations in the United Kingdom.
MOD’s individual artisan-style pizzas are made on demand, using fresh-pressed dough and signature sauces. Customers create their own pizzas and salads, using any combination of over 30 featured toppings, or they can choose from a menu of MOD classics – always for one set price.
Pizzas are hand-cooked in an 800-degree oven in just minutes and salads are individually hand-tossed for each customer. The menu is rounded out with handspun milkshakes, house-made lemonades and iced teas, and local craft beers and wine.
At the core of MOD is a purpose-led culture that is committed to being a force for good in the communities it serves. The company believes in offering jobs to those facing barriers to meaningful and steady employment and in giving back to communities.
On its opening day, MOD donated 100 percent of all pizza sales to Community Action Connections, which assists low-income families and individuals in Benton and Franklin counties in creating a pathway out of poverty.
Company officials said they want to open more locations in the Tri-Cities but they do not have leases signed yet.
“We are actively seeking opportunities in the Tri-Cities area,” said Charlotte Wayte, MOD Pizza spokeswoman.
The Richland restaurant is located between Bob’s Burgers & Brew and Les Schwab Tire Center off Duportail Street.
Vandervert Construction of Spokane was the contractor for the tenant improvements.
Construction manager was Greg Roybal of MOD Pizza.
Senior store design manager was Lisa Matthews of MOD Pizza.