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TEAMing Up to Bring More Jobs and Great Food

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    Applebee’s is almost a household name in the restaurant business here in Michigan, well-loved by both families and by those of us who enjoy a casual drink or one of their great appetizers. Perhaps less known is the name of TEAM Schostak Family Restaurants, mother company of 66 Applebee’s in Lower Michigan and owner of numerous Burger Kings, Del Tacos, and, most recently, MOD Pizza restaurants, a new pizza concept with locations mostly in the Western US. The Livonia-based, family-owned TEAM Schostak has been in the real estate development business for the better part of a hundred years and stands out in part because of its strong team mentality (hence the name).

    Photos by Bryan Esler for stellafly
    Photo by Bryan Esler

    As their name even suggests, the company strives to create a strong team within their individual restaurants, calling all employees team captains, team players, or team support depending on their department and duties. This mentality seems to help fuel team work. To show that they are willing to give support to their team members, TEAM Schostak offers benefits as a part of their compensation plans. These benefits include medical and life insurance, paid vacations, and a 401k plan. TEAM Schostak cares for each team member and wants to give them all an opportunity to thrive here in Michigan. The company currently employs about 4,000 Michigan residents, and along with that, they plan to employ many more, possibly hundreds, within the next five years. With the opening of a projected 25 MOD Pizza locations in the next five years, which will effectively nearly double the number of MOD Pizza restaurants nationwide (and be the first MOD restaurants in the Midwest), TEAM Schostak will be looking for team members to fill those pizza ovens, which means more jobs for the people of Michigan.

    Photos by Bryan Esler for stellafly
    Photos by Bryan Esler for stellafly

    On April 30th, The Awesome Mitten and TEAM Schostak co-hosted an Applebee’s event in Comstock Park with food and beer pairings to debut some of Applebee’s new appetizers and promote their Happy Hour, which now offers Michigan made beers here in west Michigan. TEAM Schostak is a growing company with high hopes for the future. In what other ways would you like to see a company like Team Schostak supporting the awesome residents of the Mitten? 

    To learn more about TEAM Schostak, visit their website here.

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