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Gittrich began considering an equity partnership late last year. "Things were going really well from a business standpoint -- lots of momentum ... and I think it's reasonable that we’ve had this question of, 'What’s this going to look like in a year or two?' just because of what was going on from a pandemic standpoint," he said. "We made strong goals for 2021 targets, believing this is the way that the world is - we were set up to really do great here, and that's the way it's turned out." Toppers recently finished the third quarter up about 16% over the same quarter last year.
"Scott and the Toppers’ leadership team have built a highly attractive brand and we are thrilled to become their long-term partners," said John Dills, CEO of Great Plains Capital, in a news release. "Toppers has been satisfying loyal customers in their home state of Wisconsin for over 30 years. As the restaurant industry continues to evolve, we think Toppers is very well positioned to expand its store network nationally and bring their unique pizzas and menu items to more happy customers."