Pizza Delivery Service: Domino's

"Get the Door, it's Domino's"

Domino delivers!
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The History of Domino's Pizza

When Tom Monaghan lost several thousand dollars to a swindler following his service in the U.S. Marine Corps, he headed back home to Ann Arbor, Michigan and lived with his brother, James. Both boys had been placed in foster homes while growing up in the 1940’s, because their widowed mother could not afford to keep them. In his final year of high school Tom did stay with a paternal aunt, but was soon on his own after graduation.

Brother James had become a United States postal carrier and soon learned that the owner of the pizzeria he delivered mail to wanted out. He put a bug in Tom’s ear about entrepreneurship and together the brothers gave a down payment of $75, and with a loan for $500, they became the new owners of Domi-Nick’s Pizza. That was in 1960-the year that Tom Monaghan was introduced to his life’s work.

In just eight months James decided to trade his share of the business to Tom for a second hand car. As sole owner Tom renamed the business via a suggestion of one of his delivery drivers, to Domino’s Pizza, Inc. This was due to the fact that the previous owner still had ownership of the name Domi-Nick’s and Tom’s ‘lease’ on the use of the name ran out.

The original Domino’s Pizza had two sizes of pizza, several toppings, and one beverage: Coca-Cola. It was not until 1989 that the deep-dish pizza was introduced. Today, there are at over 15 types of pizzas of all specialties. There are also many other food items to choose from which never existed in the initial phase of the enterprise.

My rating for Domino's Pizza

4 stars for Domino's Pizza Delivery Service

Why I prefer Domino Pizza

1. I love the thin crust pizza…it does not taste like cardboard like some other pizzas.

2. Fast delivery and guaranteed to be delivered hot.

3. The prices are competitive and they often have specials.

4. I like the flavor; there are choices with the type of crust flavor as well.

5. They have a large variety of foods to choose from the menu.

6. In our town we have a choice of dining in or carry out.

What's your topping choice?

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Traditional: Pepperoni Pizza with black olivesNontraditional:  Hawaiian Pizza with pineapple and ham.  (My favorite)
Traditional: Pepperoni Pizza with black olives
Traditional: Pepperoni Pizza with black olives | Source
Nontraditional:  Hawaiian Pizza with pineapple and ham.  (My favorite)
Nontraditional: Hawaiian Pizza with pineapple and ham. (My favorite) | Source

Please take this poll:

Which Pizza delivery do you prefer?

  • Domino's
  • Papa John's
  • Little Caesar's
  • Other
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The Advantages of Ordering Pizza

For most areas the rating I gave to Domino's Pizza Delivery is a 4. I did not give it a 5 star because there have been a few less than satisfactory deliveries, although management has handled all complaints well. In addition...it is a fast food.

Although considered a fast food, there are times when ordering a pizza meets the family’s needs either with a meal gone wrong or just a craving that we all have. We don’t often eat franchised pizza opting instead to either make one from start up dough or going to an Italian restaurant that has pizza on the menu. However, when we do get in the ‘pizza mood’ we order Domino’s.

Having grown up in Michigan I’ve been aware of the pizza mogul, Tom Monaghan, all of my life. I’ve heard his rags to riches story about growing up in foster homes and becoming one of the most prominent figures in Michigan. After all, he did have enough money to buy the baseball team: Detroit Tigers…that has to be impressive, right?

But, this high energy man was more than successful…he brought a service to people for over 50 years, beating out all of his competitors except for Pizza Hut. Yes, although Domino’s may not be number one on the books, it is number one in our home.

Timeline of historical dates for Domino's Pizza

1960-Tom and James Monaghan buy Domi-Nick’s.

1965-Tom renames the pizzeria Domino’s Pizza, Inc.

1967-Ypsilanti, Michigan opens the first franchise.

1968-Burlington, Vermont opens the first franchise outside of MI.

1978-The 200th store is opened.

1983-First international store opens in Manitoba, Canada: in Winnipeg.

1985-First franchise to open in the United Kingdom: in Luton.

1988-First franchise to open in South America: Bogota, Columbia

1995-First franchise to open in Africa: Egypt

1996-Domino’s Pizza gets its own website: www.dominos.com

1997-International franchises hit 5 continents and 1500 stores.

1998-Tom Monaghan retires and sells 93% to Bain Capital. Name changes to Domino’s.

2000-Almost 2,000 stores are open outside of the U.S.

2001-New ad campaign: “Get the door, it’s Domino’s.

2010-Domino’s celebrates it’s 50th anniversary.

Domino's Headquarters

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Location of Domino's Headquarters

Domino's locations are world wide.

Domino's boasts the largest worldwide pizza chain.

1. North America: all 50 states of the U.S., Canada, Mexico

2. Central America: 9 countries

3. South America: 10 countries

4. Europe: 22 countries

5. Asia: 8 countries

6. Oceania: 2 countries

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

At last, a review I can sink my teeth into.....sorry, I couldn't help myself.

Great info; I had no idea they were worldwide. Nice job and yes, I like Dominos!


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Oh good, a fellow Domino's follower, hee hee. Thanks for taking that poll, Bill. I learned a few new things about the enterprise, which I did not know before my research. For instance, I didn't know he started with his brother...nor did I realize he retired. I thought he would be sole owner until he died. I guess he figured he had enough dough...(sorry, I couldn't help myself either! LOL)


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

I love them all. Ha. Since we have moved to a small town, although I still work in the big city, we do not have pizza delivery any longer. In the next town over, they actual do have a Little Ceasar's Pizza and a Pizza Hut, but no delivery to my town. When we lived in the big city, we would order pizza delivery all the time, Domino's and Papa Johns. Here in the south, to me the Papa Johns is the best, but I still like the Domino's Pizza too.

In His Love, Faith Reaper


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Dominos has not arrived in Nepal, but I have enjoyed its service when I was in India.


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Oh I love Domino's too and enjoyed your review Denise. Have to admit, I didn't know much of the history though and thank you for sharing that here. Have voted up much and shared all over, too!!


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teaches12345 4 years ago

This is timely, my hubby was just craving Dominos this week. I will have to pick one up now. Great review on a really good product!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

very good little history.. I don't care too much for Dominos pizza.. but you do give the franchise a plus.. thanks for sharing :)


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Faith-I can completely relate. We live in a rural town of less than 5,000 and we were ecstatic when someone opened a Domino's franchise right across from the little theatre in town. Wow! We are on the map! LOL

Vinaya-are you sure? I thought I read that it did open a pizzeria in Nepal. Well, if not, maybe soon. :) Thanks for your feedback.

Hi Janine--you're welcome. I have always found the history of Domino's and Tom M. as fascinating as the thrill of eating pizza! haha.

LOL Dianna, that's great. Isn't it funny how it sometimes works out that way? Enjoy your pizza.

Hi Frank...when Domino's is the only pizza place in town that delivers and there is a review contest going on I seize the opportunity! LOL Thanks for reading and commenting.


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btrbell 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

We eat Dominos in this house, too! Who would have ever thought about the history? What a great idea and so thorough! As usual, Denise, I am impressed! Great and interesting hub! up+


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hey Randi--trying to follow in your footsteps! Thanks for the feedback and vote up. :)


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btrbell 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

lol. Other way around, sistah! Always! :)


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I wish we had a Domino pizza in my little town. We have a Pizza Hut. I have eaten Domino pizza and it is really good. I like to hear stories about 'rags to riches'..Great article..Voted up


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

@ Randi--LOL Naw...be serious now...

Hi Ruby-Thanks for reading. You never know how much you miss Domino's until you don't have one in your town. Honestly, there are so many things that we don't have in our little town. :( Thanks for the vote.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

What a great review and I loved learning the history behind this successful pizza franchise!

I love Domino's Pizza, but hubby doesn't like it so we don't get deliveries from them.

Voted up, useful, awesome and interesting!

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Gail...well, we were hungry for Domino's that night and I thought, what the heck...it is an interesting history, that's for sure. Thanks for stopping by. :) ((((Hugs))))


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Lipnancy 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

I am very blessed to live in the Buffalo NY area where there is a Mom and Pop pizzeria on every corner. Because we are spoiled to them, the big chain pizzerias just do not compare. Loved your review.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Nancy-I can only imagine-how fortunate for you. I love those places but unfortunately, we don't have anything like that here. Well, there are family diners, but here in the south, that means fried, fried, and more fried! Thanks for your feedback.


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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether

We used to get diced tomatoes and bacon on our domino's pizza...until last weekend when we got food poisoning from it. Other than that, it's great.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

OMG Kitty--I'm not sure I would order another pizza from Domino's after that! LOL Thanks for your feedback.


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Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I had no idea that Domino's had such an interesting background. I am pleased that they have included delicious veggie selections that are healthier; we are a thin crust, veggie Domino's family. Very interesting hub.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Genna-it is a fascinating story isn't it-poor little 'orphan' boy rags to riches! Thanks for commenting. Your pizza sounds divine. I usually do a thin crust also, but the Hawaiian with ham and pineapple is my favorite from Dominoes.

Tonight we went out to celebrate my nephew's acceptance into the college of his choice (I'm so proud of him and thrilled for him), and had a pizza at an Italian restaurant. Wow! What a difference in taste ! It was marvelous.


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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

An engaging review! In my country, Pizza Hut is Number 1 with Domino's coming second. But I prefer the latter due to less cheese and more masala in it. Now, I became aware of its history thanks to you.

Though I am non-vegetarian, I enjoy vegetarian pizzas more and my favorite toppings are cottage-cheese(paneer), bell-peppers, tomatoes, corn and Indian herbs & spices.

Once again, an educational and honest review!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up & Shared on Facebook


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Denise, Great hub. Dominoes was the first really delicious pizza I ever ate - I was on vacation in San Diego and ordered in one night, it was a Quatro Stagione, still my favourite. I remember going home and telling everyone about this 'amazing' pizza. We now have a Domino's franchise about 15 minutes from where I live so I don't need to fly back to San Diego....what a shame, a lovely city :o)


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi, I love Dominoes pizza, in fact I love all pizza! lol! but the great thing about Dominoes is that I get that one delivered, probably more than the others, just tastes the nicest! great review, nell


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Ishwaryaa-thanks for sharing on FB. I'm glad you enjoyed reading the history. He was part of the state I was born in-Michigan, so I knew some of the story early on. I'm fascinated with how each culture can create their own special version of the pizza-thanks for telling me what your favorite is.

Hi Julie-Haha, you can visit CA or North Carolina ANYTIME and we'll share a pizza here if you come. :) Thanks for your feedback.

Hi Nell-Yes, I remember many nights of storms and snow and it felt great having a hot pizza delivered! (not too great for the driver, but we always tipped well.) The one thing I didn't add to this is that it was Dominoes who came up with the heated delivery bag and actually have it patented I believe. Thanks for reading.


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aykianink 3 years ago

"Domi-Nick’s" eh? Cool, fun fact:-)

I have weird pizza taste, having said that: (1) Pizza Hut. (2) Little Caesar's. (3) Domino's. (4) Papa John's. (5) California Pizza Kitchen (6) Boston's Pizza. I never choose 4, 5, & 6.

In all of the things that I enjoy and buy, there are only two companies that have the kind of customer connection that I believe all companies should have. Domino's is one of those two. That commercial where the CEO is looking at pictures, and he shows the pizza cheese sticking to the interior 'roof' of the box, then he says "This is unacceptable" or something to that effect? THAT. IS. AMAZING.

So so so so so so so many companies could learn from that. Far too many companies hear their customers' complaints then just brush it off. The higher-ups actually listening to the customer is exactly why I started up on Domino's again.


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina Author

I agree that Domino's is way up there in customer satisfaction. I like the thin cut, ham and pineapple topping. My nephew just bought us pizzas last Saturday. But, there's this Italian restaurant in town that has pizza that is out of this world! Boy, it was hand tossed and had great sauce-best pizza I had in a long time! Thanks for your feedback.


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DanaTeresa 3 years ago from Ohio

Domino's was such a huge part of growing up for me. The NOID! My friends and I used to order Domino's A LOT from grade school through college. THey really are the best pizza for the price, and great service.... Not that I am gluten intolerant, I can;t have pizza! I heard that Domino's now has a low gluten pizza. I will have to look ino it...

Great article. I never would have thought to write this!


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

Interesting facts about Domino's Pizza! I had their pizza a couple of times. Wasn't really a fan. Little Caesars is my favorite, followed by Pizza Hut. It's hard to believe James gave up after 8 months and a second hand car. Ha!


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europewalker 3 years ago

I also prefer Domino's Pizza for the same reasons you have listed. Delivery is very fast and the pizza is always hot, no complaints here. Great hub, voted up.


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Dana-I wrote it during the review contest and happened to order Domino's that night. I thought-easy one, got the photos right here, get to taste the brand, etc etc. LOL

Hi Linda-It is interesting how one's fate can be determined by perseverance. Thanks for your 'feed'back, lol

Hi europewalker-thanks for your comments and vote. :)


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

I love Domninos! Thanks for sharing, Denise! Sharing this pizza all around!


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Michelle, thanks for adding your two cents into the favorite pizza places. :) Did you take the poll?

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