Archive for Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Ding Dong! Get the door, Tonganoxie

Domino’s pizza set to open

May 14, 2008

A new pizza soon will be available for delivery to Tonganoxie homes.

Domino's Pizza is moving into the retail center on Stone Creek Drive.

Franchisee Patrick Kelly said he's eyeing a tentative opening date of Wednesday, May 21.

Kelly's father, Steve Kelly, owns the retail center, as well as the vacant land between the center and the water tower along U.S. Highway 24-40. The center also includes Fastrax Conoco gasoline station, Mary's Retail Liquor and a car wash.

"I talked to my son about getting into business for himself," Steve said. "And that's getting our foot in the door with this and seeing how it goes."

Patrick, who is 25, said he thought Domino's and Tonganoxie would be a good fit.

"I'm up here quite a bit," Patrick said. "Just looking at what Tonganoxie needs. They have Gambino's, but Dominos, I think, is a really great product. It's different than Gambino's in a way, because Gambino's is more sit-down and Domino's is mainly delivery. But also carry-out."

Gambino's actually is the former tenant where Domino's will operate from in the Stone Creek retail center. Gambino's moved last year to the more spacious Mo's Pizza location on Front Street. Gambino's offered a few tables for customers to dine at its Stone Creek location, but Patrick said Domino's would not offer dine-in. The chain offers carry-out and delivery.

Patrick, who is from Olathe and attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Overland Park, went to college in Spokane, Wash., at Gonzaga University, as did his twin brother, Justin. Patrick has a bachelor's degree in marketing from GU.

Domino's will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays.

The Tonganoxie Domino's will be one of the first to implement the company's "Vision 20/20" plan, which includes an updated image. The customer area promotes a new menu board featuring all products, side items and beverage options with vibrant photography and product pricing.

"I think it looks really good," Patrick said.

Patrick said he expects to have a staff of 10 on-site employees and five to 10 delivery drivers.

Steve said he thought Domino's offered a good product for a reasonable price.

"You can feed a family there relatively inexpensive compared to other places," Steve said.

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