MOD Pizza, a fast-casual artisan pizza restaurant, opens Aug. 13.

A new pizza joint will open next month in Gainesville.

MOD Pizza, a fast-casual artisan pizza restaurant, will open Aug. 13 on the ground floor of The Standard apartment complex at 50 NW 13th St., Unit 30.

Brick Kerge, vice president of operations for MOD pizza in Florida, said the restaurant chain decided to come to Gainesville because of the college students in the area.

"Gainesville has a lot of college students and they like pizza, so based on that, we felt we could thrive there," he said.

Kerge said MOD builds pizzas in front of customers, who can choose from up to 30 toppings. The pizza is cooked in an 800-degree oven and is ready in minutes, he said.

MOD offers a build-your-own, 11-inch pizza at about $7.50, depending on the location, and does not charge for extra toppings, Kerge said, which is a crowd favorite.

The menu also includes handspun milkshakes, lemonades, iced teas, and local craft beers and wine.

The 3,100-square foot Gainesville store will be open Sunday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and from 10:30 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday.

MOD Pizza was founded in Seattle and has four Florida locations, with two more on the way, according to Kerge.

BBX Capital, the exclusive franchisee for the MOD Pizza brand in Florida, has signed an agreement to add up to 60 MOD locations throughout the state over the next five to seven years.