New pizza shops coming to Kettering, Beavercreek

TODAY: Pizza Hut opens 2nd Dayton-area shop in 3 weeks, and there are more on the way

New franchisee found Dayton area under-served and has now added two stores while eyeing a third in Dayton

*** UPDATE*** 

The Pizza Hut restaurant at 1195 N. Fairfield Road across from the Beaver-Vu Bowling Alley in Beavercreek opened at 11 a.m. today, Tuesday Oct. 9.

The space formerly housed a Papa Murphy’s restaurant, which shut its doors in December 2017. 

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The carryout/delivery location can be reached at (937) 956-7676. 

Sept. 17 UPDATE

The Pizza Hut restaurant at 900 E. Dorothy Lane opened today, Monday, Sept. 17. 

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The carryout/delivery location can be reached at (937) 963-9797. Its online ordering system is scheduled to be up and running by about 5 p.m. today, a store manager said. 

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** PREVIOUS COVERAGE**

The Ohio-based franchisee for Pizza Hut signed leases earlier this spring for two new Dayton-area restaurants after determining that the region is under-served by the national pizza chain. Now it is hiring in earnest and is gearing up to open those two locations in the coming weeks.

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Pizza Hut franchisee Hallrich Inc. has not yet set opening dates for its new Beavercreek and Kettering carryout/delivery restaurants, but the Kettering location should open in about two weeks, a spokeswoman for the local Pizza Hut franchisee told this news outlet. 

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That pizza shop will be located in a former UDF convenience-store space at 900 E.  Dorothy Lane at Ackerman Boulevard. The new Beavercreek location at 1195 N. Fairfield Road across from the Beaver-Vu Bowling Alley should open shortly after the Kettering opening, according to Carol Magazzeni, director of marketing and public relations for Hallrich Inc..

“We are so pleased to bring this growth to the marketplace and want to ensure we open with all services ready to go,” Magazzeni said “We may have further growth news later this year.”

This new Pizza Hut will open in September 2018 on East Dorothy Lane in Kettering.

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Hallrich purchased the rights to operate Pizza Hut restaurants in the greater Dayton market from the Pizza Hut corporate company in June 2017. With the addition of Montgomery, Clark, Greene, Warren, Darke, Logan and Champaign counties, Hallrich now operates about two-thirds of the Pizza Hut restaurants in Ohio, the franchisee’s spokeswoman said. 

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The new Beavercreek Pizza Hut location formerly housed a Papa Murphy’s restaurant, which shut its doors in December 2017 as the result of a dispute between a franchise owner and corporate. 

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The Kettering space is adjacent to a relatively new OinkADoodleMoo barbecue restaurant, which moved into what was once the Dayton Beer Company’s initial tasting room and brewery. Pizza Hut operated a carryout/delivery store for many years in the Fountain Square shopping center on Far Hills Avenue in Kettering, but it shut down several years ago.

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The new Pizza Hut locations will join an already competitive Dayton-area pizza market, which has long been dominated by venerable hometown chains such as Cassano’s Pizza King and Marion’s Piazza; by national chains such as Pizza Hut, Domino’s, Little Caesar’s and Papa John’s; and by the dozens of smaller chains and single-store independents that call the Miami Valley home. 

 In recent years,  other smaller, mostly regional chains have invaded those established market players’ turf, including LaRosa’s, Godfather’s, Dewey’s and Jet’s, among others.

>> RELATED: LaRosa’s in Huber Heights shuts its doors (November 2016)

More recently, “fast-casual” pizza chains that focus on customized, fast-baked pizzas have added a new layer of competition. Kettering-based Rapid Fired Pizza has led that surge locally, and Seattle-based MOD Pizza operates two Dayton-area restaurants. A third competitor, Cleveland-based PizzaFire shut down its only Dayton-area location late last year. LaRosa’s also has closed two of its Dayton-area locations since late 2016.

A new Pizza Hut is coming to the former Papa Murphy's restaurant on North Fairfield Road between U.S. 35 and Dayton-Xenia Road. MARK FISHER/STAFF

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