Has the quick-fired pizza bubble burst? One domino has fallen, as Toppers Pizza has closed its four Chicago locations. The chain is based in Wisconsin. A fifth location in Illinois, in DeKalb, has also closed.
Toppers PR has been circulating a statement attributed to founder and president Scott Gittrich who claimed the chain will return to the Illinois market “under the right circumstances.” The company’s franchise page still lists the Chicago market as a possible destination for new locations.
“We are extremely grateful for the fine Toppers Pizza team members who embodied our core values and culture,” the statement read. “We have spoken with all of them and let them know about opportunities to continue their Toppers journey at any of our other locations.”
There are 25 Toppers operating in Wisconsin, plus locations in nine other states. The chain expanded to Chicago in 2012. They had locations in the South Loop, West Loop, Wrigleyville, and DeKalb.
The chain stayed open late. Fret not, LeBron James’ favorite pizza chain, Blaze Pizza continues to operate. Though the models are different, fans of Toppers can likely find a similar experience at Blaze’s four Chicago and nine suburban locations.
The decision to leave Illinois was especially personal for the company. Though the company is based in Wisconsin, the first Toppers debuted in 1991 in Champaign. DNAinfo first reported that Toppers was withdrawing from Chicago.