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Our vision and mission
Antioch Pizza Shop makes things simple, fresh, and memorable.
Our Vision and Mission follow that same style.
Make Everyone a Regular
Feed People Goodness
We are the crust of the community. Supporting sports teams, churches, schools, and everyone in-between, because our mission is more than sauce and cheese; our mission is community.
Community Impact by The Numbers
We started Antioch Pizza with more than a vision to continue a tradition of fresh, delicious, and comforting food. We wanted to help our community thrive. From the start of our journey, we’ve put our heart and hands into supporting every possible cornerstone of our town, because we believe communities should be lifted by those that serve them.
*numbers based on the entire organization
You are the priority
Support. Family. Tradition.
When you become an Antioch Pizza Shop franchise owner, you become family. Our priority is your success and our team is alongside you every step of the way.
Trained by Industry Experts
As an Antioch Pizza Shop franchise owner, you’ll be trained by industry experts from the restaurant and pizza industry. You’ll have access to a brand website site with collateral pieces, helpful marketing tools, and a library of resources including; pre-designed menus, fliers, and advice on impactful local marketing campaigns.
Reduced Risk. Maximized Support.
Our team offers guidance and support every step of the way.
- Site selection guidance
- Design & equipment guidelines
- On-site training (including catering training)
- Planning & ordering support (initial inventories/select suppliers)
We look forward to visits to guide your ongoing restaurant operations. You’ll receive a complete, comprehensive operations manual with details about food preparation, recipes, customer service, finances, and other important aspects of your business.
Impact by the numbers
Did you know the Pizza business is lucrative and delicious?
When you become an Antioch Pizza Shop franchise owner the opportunities are endless because our model is a flexible and affordable business concept that grows as your customer base expands. With multiple revenue streams, ongoing support, and an industry that consumers crave, you can’t go wrong.
Average amount of pizza consumed by Americans per year1
The pizza business is an immense and growing industry in the U.S.2
Higher Than Independents
Per-unit sales for pizzeria chains are significantly greater
The pizza industry is experiencing growth, year over year3
A Slice Above (why we are different)
Antioch Pizza Shop is not the giant cookie cutter corporation.
Owners Art & Karen escaped corporate America to build their own dream and support the community where they live. This passion has led them to a place where they can now offer franchise opportunities for others to bring the unique model to their community. Everything about Antioch Pizza Shop is authentic, delicious, and a true slice of home.
“We Bought a Pizza Shop!”
High School Sweethearts with the Perfect Ingredients: Art & Karen
You can’t put them in a box.
Art and Karen Wicklein took a chance and it’s paid off in more than dividends for their family, community, and other hopeful franchise owners. Here’s where it started and where it’s headed…
Art comes from the corporate world, as an engineer who has business smarts and supply chain experience. He always felt constrained inside the corporate world and cubicle. Karen has an education and marketing background, and as she reflected on the future, she felt the same thing; a desire for something bigger, more meaningful, and that she could call her own.
The high school sweethearts and Antioch natives decided to take a leap, and naturally bought a Pizza Shop! It sounds crazy, but the pair had the perfect ingredients for their business, a passion for community. They decided that the foundation of their business would be to become the “crust of the community”, fiercely supporting schools, churches, local businesses, sports organizations, and everyone in-between, by giving more than is taken. This model has made their pizza shop nostalgic, cozy, the foundation of their community, and a delicious slice of home for locals and travelers from all over the world.
“Our mission has become bigger now. We have franchised this model, and Antioch Pizza is on the map in six other communities and growing. It’s a dream come true and a testament to the importance of community. If home is where the heart is, Antioch Pizza is the taste and feeling that can bring you back there.”
Art & Karen Wicklein, Pizza Connoisseurs, Community Lovers, Mom and Dad