As of tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 9, Domino’s will be open for business in its new location: 614 Washington St.
“I love it for my team and my customers,” owner Sheldon Port said. “I have moved several other stores of mine and have had great success doing it. I don’t expect this one to be any different.”
Though the official opening date is Monday, Dec. 12, limited carryout will be available Friday. As of Saturday, Huntingdon area customers can take advantage of both carryout and delivery. Customers can stay updated on services on the Domino’s Pizza Huntingdon, PA Facebook page.
“The new location will allow for shorter and quicker deliveries in and out of town,” Port said. “Parking will be the best part for our customers.”
Indoors, kids can draw on a chalk wall, which also exhibits some of the eatery’s photo collages. The new storefront also features state-of-the-art technology.
“Inside, we will have better placed new equipment to allow us to be quicker and more efficient,” Port said.
The former delivery driver and now multiple-location owner hopes that the new storefront will encourage more people to enjoy the locally-owned and operated eatery.
“Domino’s is a big name, but we are made up of small families and owners,” Port said. “Yes, we are all over commercials and there are stores everywhere, but they are made up of people like me. A lot of times people will bash Domino’s, calling us ‘big business.’ I always hear people say ‘don’t order there’ and ‘shop local,’ when comparing Domino’s to other places. Since 2020, the Huntingdon Domino’s has donated thousands of pizzas and raised over $15,000 for Huntingdon families and organizations in need. It doesn’t get much more local than that.”
Port said the relocation process from the former Moore Street location has been challenging and took approximately 20 months, starting in March 2021.
“Our (former) location needed a fresh look,” Port said. “We originally were looking to tear down and rebuild bigger, using the house lot behind us. As expenses started to pile up to make it happen, we decided it would be more economical to move to a new location. ”
Even in the new location, the menu and 13 to 17 crew members will remain the same.
“The general manager, Heather (Dickson), is my longest tenured employee,” Port said. “We still have the same great food at the same great prices, including our online deal to get a large, one-topping for $7.99. If you’re not an online ordering type of person, we offer it for $8.99 for phone or walk-in. We also have our $6.99 mix and match special where you mix two or more items for $6.99 each. ”
Dickson is happy about the new location because of the improved parking situation and easier access for deliveries.
“I’m excited to be down town,” Dickson said.
Ashley Croft, area supervisor, is also excited about the new location.
“I love it,” Croft said. “It’s updated and easier for our crew to exceed our customers’ expectations.”
Port echoes those sentiments.
“I grew up in Alexandria and joined the Huntingdon National Guard, so this is basically my hometown,” Port said. “Huntingdon has given me more than I could have ever imagined over the 13 years owning Domino’s. I own 16 Domino’s across the state; no matter how much I give back or how hard I work, I will never be welcomed in those towns like I am in Huntingdon. This is my town and I love it!”
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