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Seattle-Based MOD Pizza Announces Plans for Redmond Store

The 2,600-square-foot pizza shop will be located in the Bella Bottega shopping center and is expected to open in late summer or early fall.

Redmond's Bella Bottega shopping center will soon be home to a new pizza shop.

Seattle-based MOD Pizza announced Friday it will open two new locations in Redmond and Sammamish later this year. The Redmond store will be located next to in the Bella Bottega shopping center and is expected to open by late summer or early fall.

“We’re hoping for the end of August," said Charlotte Wayte, a spokeswoman for the pizza chain. "It’s kind of vague at this point, but that’s the plan.”

MOD has six stores in Seattle, Bellevue and Lynnwood. Wayte said the Redmond location will serve beer and wine and feature an outdoor patio with seating for up to 30 people.

The company's announcement comes a little less than a year after , another local pizza chain, at the base of the apartment building. 

Wayte said MOD differs from other local competitors by focusing on personal pizzas that patrons can customize any way they wish. All pies are the same price—$6.88—regardless of the toppings.

“So it’s sort of like a Chipotle concept...fast (and) casual, but really good, really fresh," Wayte said.

The company is owned by husband and wife Ally and Scott Svenson of Medina who sold their London-based coffee business, called Seattle Coffee Company, to Starbucks in 1998. A few Starbucks advisers and former executives are also MOD advisers, Wayte said.

MOD expects to hire 60 people for the new stores in Redmond and Sammamish. Job seekers should send an email to jobs@modpizza.com to ask about available positions, Wayte said.

Bella Bottega has seen a  in the past several months, including the  and the  and . Many storefronts between the hospital and movie theater are still vacant. 

dorimonsonfan September 10, 2012 at 09:56 PM
ok I tried this place today for lunch. the online ordering worked surprisingly smooth. I was able to order and pay for my pizza online, and it was ready and had the correct toppings in 30 minutes as advertised. I was impressed until I opened the pizza box. Whoever was supposed to be keeping an eye on the oven must have been out back on a smoke break or something. My pizza was burned so badly they cut big chunks of the black charred crust off of the edges. The vibe of the place was cool, but definately not worth $7.53 for a small charcoaled pizza with lots of toppings.
Caitlin Moran September 10, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Yikes, dorimonsonfan. Maybe it was an opening-day glitch...did you try to get your money back?
dorimonsonfan September 10, 2012 at 11:36 PM
I ate the pizza, and am fine paying the $7.53 for the chance to try out a new restaurant. It was fun ordering online and all that. I'd just say to any pizza cook in town if a pizza comes out of your oven and a lap around the outside of the pizza with the cutting wheel seems like a good idea, make a new one. Especially if your pizza business has been around for an hour and a half! I'd be happy to wait for a few minutes for a new pie and even deliver the burnt one to a hungry person at the 520 offramp on my way back to work!
Mary Douglas September 12, 2012 at 09:43 PM
dorimonsonfan, Our appologies for your pizza being overly burnt. Sure it was our first day open but that is no excuse. Our committement to all our customers is to get it right. If we don't, we will make another pizza on the house, period. Thanks for letting us know. Please email me directly so we can make it right! mary@modpizza.com Thanks.

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