Greatness takes hard work and dedication.
It all started back in 1960, in the USA, when a man named Tom Monaghan founded Domino’s Pizza. Tom joined forces with his brother, James, and together they opened the first store in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Tom and James named their pizza store DomiNick’s, go figure. A year later, Tom traded his Volkswagen Beetle car for his brother’s share of the store and later renamed the business Domino’s Pizza, much better, right? The three dots on our logo represent the three stores that Tom originally planned to open. The business idea was simple – to deliver a hot, freshly made pizza, in as quick a time as was safe to do so, while also playing an active role in the local community.
Through a little known format now called franchising, Tom enabled other people to invest in opening their own Domino’s Pizza store. By doing do, he expanded the Domino’s chain around the globe, creating the world’s leading pizza delivery business.
Our happy days, here in the UK, began in 1985 when we opened our first store in Luton, Bedfordshire. Domino’s Pizza Group (DPG) is the leading pizza delivery company in the UK and Ireland, and we’re known as a Master Franchisee. This means that Domino’s Pizza International (the big cheese, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA) has granted DPG exclusive rights to own, operate and franchise Domino’s Pizza stores in the UK, Ireland, Germany and Switzerland. In turn, DPG awards the right to operate local Domino’s Pizza stores to entrepreneurs (franchisees) who, once approved, invest in the business to own their Domino’s Pizza business. Franchisees are both DPG’s customers and business partners. We’re one big, happy family.
It’s DPG’s job to support its franchisees in their efforts to run profitable local Domino’s Pizza businesses and to ensure that high brand standards are achieved in all stores. To do this, DPG employs a workforce of over 500 pizza enthusiasts who work in a range of store support functions at locations in the UK (Milton Keynes and Penrith), Ireland (Naas), Germany (Dusseldorf) and Switzerland (Zurich). These functions include: management, dough production, purchasing and supply chain, training, operations, IT, marketing, PR, finance, HR, property, franchise sales, transport, warehousing and administration.
Domino’s pizzas are all freshly made to order using only the finest quality ingredients. Fresh dough is topped with vine-ripened tomato sauce and real mozzarella then customised with fresh and ridiculously delicious toppings from around the world.