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The 9 Best Franchise Deals

July 7, 2017 | QSR Magazine

These brands should get a look the next time you’re considering a franchise.

As prospective franchisees evaluate their investment in a quick-service system, many often analyze two factors. First are the objective elements. Key financial metrics like startup costs, sales trends, overall fee load, and return on investment certainly loom large, while other elements like corporate support and training programs, unit growth, and litigation history deliver additional perspective.

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A Look Inside: Donatos Pizza

February 4, 2016 | Nashville Guru

Donatos Pizza opened its first Tennessee location on Monday, February 1, 2016 in Nashville’s Midtown neighborhood. The Nashville Donatos features a contemporary look, which is a fresh concept for the long-standing pizza chain. Their Nashville menu also includes items you won’t find at other Donatos locations. Nashville Guru stopped by to get a look inside the new space.

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America’s 35 Favorite Pizza Chains

January 25, 2016 | MSN.com

Donatos was founded by Jim Grote in 1963. Today there are nearly 200 locations across seven states, most of them in Ohio. The chain is famous for its thin crust and “edge-to-edge” toppings…

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Donatos Exec Fills in ‘The Missing Piece’

January 8, 2016 | QSR Magazine

For some four decades, Jane Grote Abell has lived and breathed the Donatos Pizza culture. Her new book, The Missing Piece: Doing Business the Donatos Way, shares the history of the Columbus, Ohio–based brand, as well as anecdotes from Abell herself and other members of the pizza family.

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Donatos reveals sleek new look at Short North showpiece

December 10, 2015 | Columbus Dispatch

Just a few feet apart in the Short North stand a pair of Donatos stores — the old and the new.

The light brick and black awnings of the 20-year-old store at the corner of N. High Street and E. First Avenue will be demolished in the coming weeks, leaving the glass, distressed wood and charcoal brick of the new store as the chain’s central Ohio showpiece.

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Donatos Owner Hopes Book Will Help Entrepreneurs ‘Do Business With Heart’

December 9, 2015 | 10TV

She grew up on the south side of Columbus in the home behind her dad’s first pizza restaurant.

That Donatos didn’t have a dining room so the customers came to her house and became family.

Call it an education for hometown business woman Jane Grote Abell – one she’s sharing in a book she released Wednesday.

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Donatos Pizza Serves Up Success By The Slice

October 2, 2015 | Fox Business

In this Salute to American Success, we’re taking a look at pizza franchise Donatos Pizza. This company, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio began serving customers back in 1963, when then-19-year-old Jim Grote bought an existing pizza shop for $1,300.

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This Brand Is Bigger Than The Product–Any Way You Slice It

June 12, 2015 | Forbes

I am unabashedly a fan of pizza. Being born and raised (and still residing) in Philly I of course have my local favorites. However, I am also a fan of some chains as well, one of them being Donatos.

Ah who are we kidding. At 6 foot, 3 inches tall and weighing in at 250 pounds there ain’t a whole helluva lot of foods I don’t like. But be that as it may, I do in fact like Donatos and after speaking with Jane Abell, the CEO of Donatos I like them even more – and it has nothing to do with the food.

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Taking the Plunge Into a Self-Owned Business

April 18 | Entrepreneur

Mike Simon spent more than two decades managing operations for major restaurant chains before he decided — along with a trusted business partner — to strike out on his own. “Franchising is in my blood,” Simon says. And he’s proven that to be true, having transitioned 39 of his 42 Midwest-based restaurants from company stores to franchises. Today, he says he sees continuing potential in the fast-casual pizza segment.

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Donatos Continues Domination of Fast-Casual Pizza Segment with National Expansion Initiative

April 20, 2015 | Franchising.com

The fast casual pizza segment has gone from nowhere to seemingly everywhere with head-spinning speed. And while a band of start-ups have debuted in the past few years, Donatos Pizza, the leading pizza chain in Technomic’s most recent Top 150 Fast-Casual Chain Restaurant Report, is dominating the category. And they’re showing no signs of slowing down.

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6 Mobile Restaurant Websites You Should Copy

January 2, 2015 | NextRestaurants

Your restaurant customers are often on the go. And when they are, they’re searching for restaurants more than any other category of brick and mortar business.

How easy do you make it for them — if it’s your website they hit up first — to get the info they need and make a decision?

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CEO of the Year: Donatos’ Jane Grote Abell

November 7, 2014 | Columbus CEO

Jane Grote Abell wants employees to feel comfortable bringing their principles to work. And the board chairwoman for Donatos leads by example.

It’s a business philosophy she learned working alongside her dad, Jim Grote, in the family’s original pizza shop on Thurman Avenue in the South Side of Columbus.

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Undercover Boss: Donatos, Jane Grote Abell

October 10, 2013 | CBS.com

Why the Boss wants to go undercover:
Donatos was founded 50 years ago by Jane’s father, Jim Grote, with one philosophy in mind, “To make the best pizza and to treat others the way I would like to be treated.” Headquartered in Columbus, OH, Donatos pizza operates more than 180 restaurants in six states with an annual revenue of $170 million. The company was sold to McDonalds in 1999 but was bought back by Jane and her father in 2003 when they realized that McDonalds was going to sell the pizza chain. Jane firmly believes in the family values that her father founded the company on over 50 years ago and she wants to head out to the frontlines to make sure that their values are being upheld.

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