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Published: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— Rapid Fired Pizza — the fast-growing Kettering-based restaurant chain that appears to have already fended off one competitor with a similar quick-service concept — is expanding its offerings and services to attract more customers and keep them coming back.
The latest move came this week when Rapid Fired announced it was adding a larger 14-inch pizza-crust option to a menu that had been built on more individual-sized 11-inch thin or 9-inch pan pizza options.
In recent months, Rapid Fired also has launched delivery service to many of its existing restaurants, and the Xenia store that opened last month was the first to offer delivery from day one — “a first for the brand,” Rapid Fired co-founder Kelly Gray said.
Ray Wiley, Rapid Fired’s co-founder who also launched the Hot Head Burritos brand, said adding the larger pizza option made sense.
“We had a significant demand for a larger pizza from families,” Wiley told this news outlet. “And with the launch of delivery, a larger pizza seemed to be a logical addition.”
The larger pizzas are available in both thin and pan-crust options that can be customized from eight sauces, eight cheeses, more than 30 toppings, and 14 dipping sauces.
Rapid Fired restaurants also had gotten many requests from customers for delivery, the chain’s co-fonder said.
“We saw that as much as 50 percent of our business was carry-out, so we added delivery,” Wiley said. Our goal is to be ‘Everything-in-Pizza.’”
RELATED: Rapid Fired Pizza to open 44 new locations in Texas (July 2017)
Rapid Fired also is offering a “NO-DOH” pizza — esssentially a pizza without a crust — designed to address low-carb, low-cal and gluten-free demand. Wiley said the offering has generated an enthusiastic response.
The first Rapid Fired Pizza opened in September 2015 on Ohio 725 east of the Dayton Mall. The chain now has 22 stores open in two states and many more under construction. The chain has entered into agreements with developers that could lead to as many as 200 or more new locations in Kentucky, Indiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and California.
RELATED: Dayton-area company to open 60 restaurants in California (July 2017)
Published: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 @ 2:44 AM
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 8:32 AM
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Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 8:02 AM
— A retail store that has served customers chocolates, coffee and wine for more than a decade in front of the Dayton Mall shut down permanently this week, its franchise owner confirmed to this news outlet today.
The final day for Winans Chocolates + Coffees — which sold chocolates, coffee and wine — was Monday, May 21, according to Ben Czajka, the franchisee who oversees the Dayton-area stores for the Piqua-based Winans.
Czajka said the move represents a consolidation.
“The lease at the Dayton Mall location — it was a 10 year lease — has been up for over a year now, and we recently, about a year ago, opened (a shop) on Feedwire Road, so that gave us three locations in the Centerville area,” Czajka said. The third location is on Far Hills Avenue in Washington Twp. just north of Centerville.
The Feedwire location across from the Cornerstone of Centerville development “is seen as a better location in a growing area with better parking and visibility,” Czajka said. “So we are still growing, just repositioning. All of the employees are still with us; they either transferred to Far Hills or Feedwire.”
Laurie Winans Reiser, co-owner of Winans, said the closure was “based on the changing retail climate around the 725/741 corridor.”
Reiser said Winans “just completed a very successful new store opening in Wapakoneta, our 18th store. And we are excited about our newest store in downtown Columbus and its growth.”
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 2:46 AM
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 7:19 AM
HUBER HEIGHTS — UPDATE @ 7:30 a.m: Huber Heights police have arrested two 18-year-old males in connection with a Target break-in that led to a pursuit early Wednesday morning.
Ankeese Brown and Cy’Ran Campbell, both from Dayton, are currently in Montgomery County Jail, according to the jail website.
The teens are suspected of breaking into the Target on Executive Blvd., where one to three Xbox gaming systems were stolen.
They then led police on a pursuit on Old Troy Pike that ended on Taylorsville Road after an officer made contact with the left rear tire of their vehicle, causing it to spin.
Their charges are pending at this time.
UPDATE @5:10 a.m.
One to three Xbox gaming systems were stolen when a Target was broken into early Wednesday morning.
Police said the two to three males who broke into the store also attempted to break into a locked phone case, but were unsuccessful.
Officers responded to Target located the suspect vehicle traveling south on Old Troy Pike near I-70. The vehicle did not stop and continued south on Old Troy Pike, and near Taylorsville Road, an officer made contact with the left rear tire, spinning the vehicle.
A few minutes later, the vehicle stopped on Taylorsville Road. Two inside the vehicle were detained.
UPDATE @ 3:20 a.m: Two men are in custody after reportedly breaking into Target and leading officials on a pursuit Wednesday morning, officials say.
OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Man shot in robbery attempt near Dayton gas station
Huber Heights police were dispatched to the store at 5700 Executive Boulevard around 2:30 a.m. on reports of a break-in, per initial reports.
After seeing a car that matched the suspect vehicle description, a short, low-speed pursuit began southbound on Old Troy Pike near the I-70 overpass, according to officials.
The pursuit ended in the 5600 block of Taylorsville Road and the suspects were apprehended.
Officials say the men could face charges including failure to comply and breaking and entering.
No word on if anything was taken from the store.
Police are responding to a break-in that occurred at the Target in Huber Heights Wednesday morning.
The incident occurred at 5700 Executive Boulevard around 2:30 a.m., per initial reports.
There are at least three subjects reportedly involved.
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 7:18 AM
LOUISA COUNTY, Va. — A Virginia family is mourning the death of a 2-year-old boy after he was shot and killed by his 4-year-old brother.
Tyson Aponte was shot in the chest when his brother picked up what he thought was a toy. In reality it was a loaded gun, WTVR reported.
The children’s mother was home when the shooting happened Tuesday morning.
Tyson was taken to the University of Virginia Health System where he died, WCAV reported.
“It’s of paramount importance to make sure your guns are secured and out of the reach of children and everything,” Major Donald Lowe told WTVR. “At least have them unloaded or a safety lock on them, whatever you have to do to keep them from being discharged accidentally.”
Police are investigating.