Domino's Pizza

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Domino's Pizza Template:Nyse is an international pizza delivery franchise and fast-food restaurant chain headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States. It was founded by Tom Monaghan in 1960. In 2004, it had 7,100 stores in 50 countries. It was the second-largest pizza chain in the United States when it went public in 2004. In 2003, its sales totaled over US $4 billion, with more than a quarter of its sales outside the U.S.

Throughout its early history, the chain offered free pizza to customers who did not get their order in 30 minutes. The offer was changed to a $3 discount in the late 1980s, then abandoned in the 1990s, due to traffic safety concerns. Monaghan retired in 1998 but retained a 27% non-controlling stake in the company.

Domino's offers online ordering via the Web and digital television throughout the United Kingdom. Telephone orders are made locally, but online orders go to headquarters and are faxed to the local branch, hence online orders take longer than telephone orders. Orders can be placed over the Web in selected areas of the United States.

The pizza boxes have printed on them "Our delivery drivers only carry up to [$20 (USA)/10 (UK)] in change." This is either to discourage people from mugging them, to encourage people to have the correct change, or both.

History

The origins of Domino's Pizza began in 1960 when Tom Monaghan and his brother James bought a local pizzeria in Ypsilanti, Michigan named Dominick's Pizza. The deal was secured by a $75 down payment and the brothers borrowed $500 dollars to pay for the store. Eight months later, James quit the partnership and traded his half of the business to Thomas for a used Volkswagen Beetle. With Thomas S. Monaghan as sole owner of the company, Dominck's Pizza became Domino's Pizza and the first Domino's franchise was sold within a few years. The three dots on a Domino's Pizza box represent the first three Domino's stores. Monaghan had planned to add another dot for each new restaraunt that opened, but considering how many there became, that was impossible. In 1968, a fire destroyed the company headquarters and the commissary. Although Domino's faced numerous other obstacles in the following years, the company expanded and in 1978 the 200th Domino's franchise opened. In the 1980s, Domino's decentralized its operations by opening the first international Domino's in Winnipeg, Canada. In the following years the company expanded even more greatly and currently has over 7,000 stores. Domino's has also introduced numerous innovations in the pizza industry including the Heat Wave a bag that uses patented technology to keep the pizza hot during delivery.

Domino's has come under fire from some liberal groups because of Monaghan's support of right-wing (and especially pro-life) political groups.

Vegetarian and vegan dietary concerns

The sauce in Domino's pizza is vegan and the enzymes in the cheese are from a microbial origin. The pizza crust contains whey, an animal product.

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