New pizza parlor, ABC store to open

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Gary Long cleans windows Monday inside the new Domino's Pizza at 161 Fall at the Tar Court.


Staff Writer

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

A new sit-in Domino’s Pizza and an ABC store will be opening soon in the same location in Rocky Mount.

The Domino’s Pizza is set to open today or Wednesday, said Andy King, district manager over six Domino’s Pizza franchises that include the Rocky Mount, Tarboro, Sharpsburg, Nashville, Louisburg and Roanoke Rapids locations.

The new ABC store is slated to open on Feb. 1.

Construction of both facilities started last year and was tentatively scheduled to be completed in late 2017, but the projects wound up being pushed back.

The address for the new Domino’s will be 161 Fall at the Tar Court, while the ABC Store is 125 Fall at the Tar Court. The businesses are located across from the movie theater on Benvenue Road.

King said the Rocky Mount location will join Nashville’s location at 242 North Eastpoint Ave. as being a sit-in Domino’s Pizza. King said the Domion’s Pizza dine-in restaurant in Nashville opened in late spring in 2016. 

“The only difference between them is the Rocky Mount Domino’s is going to be a little bit bigger,” King said.

In addition to the sit-down space, the new Domino’s will be equipped with a drive-thru for pick-up orders and an open kitchen area where people can watch the pizza being made. Another new feature is a chalkboard wall where children can write and scribble to keep them occupied, King said.

The Domino’s Pizza redesign concept and remodeling of their franchises reportedly started in 2013 as a way company officials said to revamp its image and capitalize on carryout sales. Large pizza chain competitiors in the area such as Pizza Hut and Pizza Inn have been dine-in establishments for years.

“With the new concept, we’re trying to attract new customers, and the look of the restaurant we feel is very eye appealing,” King said.

King said the Domino’s Pizza on Independence Drive will be closed down and employees working at that location will be moved over to the new location. King acknowledged it had long outgrown the current location. 

While the new Domino’s Pizza has hired some people, King said, he’s looking to hire about 50 employees at the new Domino’s store ranging from different positions inside the store and also more delivery drivers. People can pick up an application at the new store or go online at jobs.dominos.com. He added that overall in all the six stores he covers that Domino’s is looking to hire at least 100 employees.

“We’re hiring for everything right now at all our area locations,” King said. “We want to double the size of our company. We want to make sure people have enough time off and are not stressed out. The biggest thing is being a place where people want to work at and not going anywhere else to work.”

Mike Murray, general manager of the Nash County ABC Board, said six employees will be working at the new 2,500-square-foot ABC store. It will take the place of the ABC store on West Thomas Street, which is closing because the landlord of the building elected not to renew the lease of the facility, Murray said. Nash County has nine ABC stores.

According to the Nash County ABC Board website, 25 percent of the profits goes to the town in which the stores are located, while 75 percent goes to the Nash County general fund.