New Domino’s, rebuilt Pizza Hut on the way

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Fans of crispy pan pizza and WingStreet chicken wings will have to fulfill their cravings on the north side of Wilson as the Pizza Hut location on Glendale Drive recently was demolished.

SDS Restaurant Group facilities manager Johnny Harrell said crews demolished the roughly 30-year old restaurant starting Oct. 2 to make way for a brand-new restaurant.

"It is going to be quite a bit different than the old red roof design," Harrell said.

The new restaurant will have high-definition TVs, upgraded digital ordering technology, a kitchen open for customers to watch and contemporary decor.

"The new Wilson location is one of the first of its kind in America - a completely redesigned layout that makes it easier for customers to get a better pizza, fast, whether through delivery, carry-out or dine-in service," according to a Pizza Hut press release.

The majority of the staff from the Glendale restaurant has been shifted to the location at 3710 Peppermill Drive with the Glendale phone number transferred to the northern location along with some of the delivery territory. 

Construction of the new restaurant is expected to be complete for a Valentine's Day opening.

"The new Wilson location showcases a modern expression of the famous Pizza Hut heritage while still delivering on the legendary pizzas its customers know and love," according to the release.

For Wilsonians who prefer Domino's, there soon will be a second location to fulfill those cravings. Repeated attempts to reach the general manager were unsuccessful at press time, but the location is under construction near the Cadillac dealership at the intersection of Raleigh Road Parkway North and Ward Boulevard on the east side of town. A timeline for opening as well as the expanded delivery area is unknown.

Extra! Extra!

The Upper Coastal Plain Business Development Center is accepting registrations for a Oct. 23 Lunch 'N Learn session designed to help local businesses secure contracts with local, state and federal governments.

Presenter Scott Barker, a procurement counselor for the Procurement Technical Assistance Team in the Small Business and Technology Development Center, will go over requirements for applying for government contracts. Registration is required for the free event by calling 252-234-5900 and attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch to the 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. session at the center, 121 Nash St. W.

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