Domino’s Pizza began in 1960 when brothers Tom and James Monaghan opened a pizzeria called ‘Dominick’s Pizza’ in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
James later decided to sell his half of the venture to Tom in exchange for the Volkswagen Beetle they had been using for deliveries.
Tom purchased two additional pizzerias and in 1965 renamed them Domino’s. This is also how the company’s famous logo was born – three dots representing each of Tom’s three original stores.
Domino’s Pizza arrived in Australia in 1983 with the first store opening in Springwood, Queensland. Despite some setbacks, the chain expanded throughout Brisbane, Sydney and Perth. In 1993 local pizza company Silvio’s Dial-A-Pizza purchased the master franchise and converted its 70 stores to Domino’s Pizza stores.
Today, the Australian division of Domino’s Pizza is known as Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Ltd and incorporates stores in New Zealand, France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Japan. The company was publicly listed in 2005 and now has more than 2000 stores making it the largest master franchisee of the Domino’s brand in the world.