Johnson eventually sold his shares in the company in 1967, and at the time, there were some 272 stores nationwide. The new owners began expanding internationally expanding to Canada first, then throughout Asia. Unfortunately, when the 80s rolled around, many of the now-500 US-based Shakey’s closed, although they are still very popular in places such as Japan and the Philippines.
Today, only 63 stores exist in the United States, with 55 of them located in California. The company continues its efforts to return Shakey’s to its glory days, but in the meantime, there are millions of former kids that fondly remember the ragtime orchestrated celebrations of yesteryear, when a birthday almost certainly meant feasting on pizza at Shakey’s.