Antioch Pizza Shop Eyes Expansion in Metro Detroit

Antioch Pizza Shop, located north of Chicago, has announced plans to expand to metro Detroit and Michigan in the next few years.
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A double decker chicago style pizza
Antioch Pizza Shop, located north of Chicago, is seeking to expand to Michigan, amongst other states, in the next few years and is seeking franchisees. The menu includes a double-decker pizza loaded with fresh mozzarella cheese and covered with fresh toppings. // Courtesy of Antioch Pizza Shop

Antioch Pizza Shop, located north of Chicago, has announced plans to expand to metro Detroit and Michigan in the next few years.

Founded in 1977, the business was sold to Art and Karen Wicklein in 2008, and today Antioch Pizza Shop has expanded the brand from one location to seven.

The company has plans to grow by targeting single and multi-unit deals across Michigan, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

The goal is to have more than 30 locations open or in development by 2026. Antioch Pizza Shop offers premium pizza, sandwiches, wings, and pasta.

“We pride ourselves on providing high-quality food and creating meaningful experiences for every customer. These are some of the key elements which set us apart from other concepts,” says Art Wicklein, co-owner of Antioch Pizza Shop. “We’ve seen how our dedication to the local communities we serve has bred success, and we think that it’s time the people of Detroit experience what makes Antioch Pizza special.”

The menu includes a double-decker pizza loaded with fresh mozzarella cheese and covered with fresh toppings, a Chicago pub style thin crispy crust pizza, Hawaiian pan stuffed pizza, bacon double cheeseburger pizza, buffalo chicken pizza, and more.

In addition to the pizza, Antioch offers homemade Italian beef sandwiches made daily and topped with fresh melted mozzarella cheese and roasted sweet peppers, along with pasta dishes like spaghetti, mostaccioli, ravioli, and chicken parmigiana, as well as burgers, hot dogs, salads, wings, French fries, ice cream, and other desserts.

“We wanted to start a concept that was recession proof. Our business has stood the test of time and more,” says Karen Wicklein, co-owner of Antioch Pizza Shop. “Today, our team is looking to grow with like-minded franchise owners who share our passion for community and our mission of phenomenal customer service.”

As the brand expands into Detroit, Antioch Pizza Shop is seeking qualified single and multi-unit owners looking to invest in the fast casual concept. Ideal Antioch Pizza Shop franchisees will have restaurant operations and management experience, as well as share the brand’s values and mission to positively impact the local communities it serves.

Franchisees must have a minimum net worth of $250,000 and meet the minimum liquid assets requirement of $150,000. The total investment per restaurant ranges between $135,000 and $495,500 for a single unit.

For more information on the franchise opportunity, visit here.

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