Coming off a hot 2015, MOD Pizza is looking ahead to a banner year in 2016.
The pizza chain, headquartered in Bellevue, is predicting big things, including expansion to six new markets in the United States and its first international expansion to the United Kingdom.
The moves planned in the coming year will double the store based to almost 200 locations. Stores will open in Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, South Carolina, and Wisconsin.
“We are very pleased with our growth in 2015, and believe our success in an increasingly competitive fast casual marketplace is a testament to the quality of our food and the unparalleled experience delivered by our MOD Squad,” Scott Svenson, co-founder and CEO of the chain, said in a release.
In 2015, MOD Pizza expanded into eight new states and opened 61 new locations. The company added 1,300 employees and raised $45 million of equity to fund growth.
Last year, Fortune selected MOD as the seventh best place to work in their annual “20 Best Places to Work” list. Harvard Business School released a case study on MOD that delved into the company’s culture and brand success. The case will be studied at Harvard and other business schools.
The company was founded in 2008 by Scott and Ally Svenson. The restaurant serves individual, artisan pizzas on demand, allowing customers to customize their pizza and salads. The menu also includes, house-made lemonade, milkshakes, and craft beer and wine.