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Godfather's Pizza


Godfather’s Pizza is unlike any other pizza, because Godfather’s makes pizza the way it was meant to be: with an incredible crust, delicious vegetables, hearty meats, and a ton of 100% real cheese. The best part is, at Godfather’s Pizza, the customer is the boss. First, they choose from among several crust selections, including the thick, rich, original crust, a buttery, pan-style golden crust, or a light and crispy thin crust. Then they choose what they want on top, what kinds of veggies and meat to pile on. Godfather’s chefs take it from there, smothering the whole thing with cheese for a pizza that is irresistible.

Facts & Figures

Liquid capital required
Net worth required
$82,500 - $358,000
Franchise fee
Units in operation


Godfather’s Pizza has developed two franchise programs for locations around travel centers, airports, universities and c-stores, both of which provide excellent profit margins while differing in the procedures they take to arrive at those margins. Franchisees can choose a full-size store or a mini model, for lunch and grab-n-go customers. Godfather’s becomes a marketing partner with its franchisees, offering a variety of materials for opening new locations and creating sales.

Godfather’s Pizza Franchise Opportunities – History

Godfather’s Pizza was founded in 1973 by William Theisen in Omaha, Nebraska. Theisen sold his first franchise in 1974. He sold Godfather’s to Pillsbury in the mid-1980s, and in 1986, Pillsbury named Herman Cain CEO and President of the brand. By 1990, Cain led a group to purchase the brand for $100 million. As of 2011, Godfather’s Pizza had 622 locations in 39 states nationwide.

Godfather’s Pizza Franchise Cost / Initial Investment / Godfather’s Pizza

Franchise Income

The franchise fee for Godfather’s Pizza is $20,000. The total investment to open and operate a Godfather’s Pizza franchise ranges from $82,500 to $358,000, with minimum net worth of $200,000. A 5% royalty fee on gross sales is paid to the company.

Godfather’s Pizza Business Opportunities: Other Information

Godfather’s Pizza has always strived to make an impact on the communities in which it operates locations, through sponsorships, fundraisers and many other types of activities that help children and families. Godfather’s partners with Boys Town as one of its main sponsorship initiatives.

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