RACINE — The owner-operators of Toppers Pizza in Mount Pleasant are planning to open another one on Racine’s north side, pending approvals.

Justin and Angela Marten currently operate a Toppers Pizza at 5502 Washington Ave. They plan to open their second at 3841-43 Douglas Ave., a vacant space that was previously a chiropractic clinic.

Whitewater-based Toppers, which was incorporated in 1992, now has 25 company-owned restaurants and 60 operated as franchises.

Toppers offers “gourmet, California-style” pizza and related products, according to the Martens’ application for a conditional-use permit to open their restaurant. The stores make their pizza dough fresh every day; they receive their fresh vegetables once a week and other ingredients arrive fully cooked.

Toppers typically does 70 percent of its business through delivery and 30 percent via dine-in or carryout.

The Douglas Avenue store would be 2,300 square feet in size in a building totaling 11,800 square feet. Toppers would employ 10 people full-time and 10 part-time, according to the application. At any given time there would be one to four pizza-makers and one to four delivery drivers working at the store.

The proposed hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 3 a.m. seven days a week. The planned timing of the new Toppers opening was uncertain Wednesday because the operators were not available for comment.

According to the company website, Toppers has 16 different pizzas including a build-your-own option, Buffalo Chicken Mac ‘n Cheese, Sausiago, Taco Topper and Veggie Classic.

Besides pizza, Toppers carries six flavors of buffalo wings or boneless wings, 16 dipping sauces and more.

The company website states that Toppers uses only “real Wisconsin cheese and, with every order, the delivery person will “run (literally run) to your door so the food is still hot.”

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Michael "Mick" Burke covers business and the Village of Sturtevant. He is the proud father of two daughters and owner of a fantastic, although rug-chewing, German shepherd dog.

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