MOD Pizza Gives Ex-Cons a Second Chance

October 6, 2016

Call it “enlightened capitalism.” Call it “pizza with a purpose.” Call it smart marketing. But one thing’s for sure: MOD Pizza, the fastest-growing restaurant chain in the U.S., doesn’t just want to sell pies. Husband-and-wife owners Scott and Ally Svenson genuinely want to help people, too. And not just the ones that are easy to help.

Launched in 2008, MOD Pizza was a fast-casual, build-your-own pioneer. Now they’re blazing a new path, according to, providing jobs for an overlooked segment of the population: ex-convicts. In fact, some of these former felons have become store managers.

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