The fresh pizza category continued to outpace both the fast-casual segment and the restaurant industry as a whole in 2011. With over 65,000 pizza restaurants in the U.S., comprising 17% of all restaurants and generating over $36 Billion in annual sales—up over a billion dollars from 2011—pizza is growing faster than any other dining segment.
Other statistics from PMQ Pizza Magazine, Technomic and Sundale Research:
To put pizza sales-growth in context, from 2004 to 2012—and throughout the recession—more than 50% of pizza restaurant operators reported annual increases in sales over the previous year, every year. Mintel Group, a business research firm, reports that by 2015 sales for pizza restaurants will grow by 31%, or more than 10% per year.
My family and I tried your pizza for the first time a few weeks ago, and we were blown away. Fantastic pizza, clean, friendly, and reasonably priced. We have been there two times so far and we live in Mankato. It is our new "go to" place for eats when we head up there. Please consider opening one in Mankato. We are severely lacking in decent restaurants and I think you would do quite well here. Just a thought. Thank you for the wonderful experience!!