Rapid Fired Pizza is coming to Beavercreek —and it’s also expanding to other parts of Ohio.
Kelly Gray, co-founder of the Kettering-based quick-serve pizza chain, said this morning that Rapid Fired has signed a lease to open a restaurant in a retail center still to be built on Dayton-Xenia Road just west of North Fairfield Road. The restaurant will occupy 2,600 square feet of a multi-tenant retail space adjacent to a planned AAA auto service center.
The pizza restaurant will seat 55 to 60 and will employ 20 to 25 people, Gray said. Construction of the retail center is scheduled to start soon, and the pizza shop is projected to open in the first quarter of 2017, the Rapid Fired Pizza co-founder said.
The local pizza chain is growing fast. Last week, the company confirmed a “flagship” Kettering location is coming to 2001 E. Dorothy Lane, into space that previously housed Krispy Kreme. And Gray said this morning Rapid Fired has restaurants in the works in Bowling Green, Westerville and in the Cincinnati area. An earlier deal to open in Columbus’ Clintonville neighborhood fell through, she said.
Rapid Fired Pizza opened its first restaurant in late 2015 in Washington Twp. and operates four more restaurants in Fairborn, Sugarcreek Twp., Huber Heights and Springfield. Additional locations are in various stages of development in Troy, Springfield, Lima, Englewood, Kettering, and Montgomery in northern Cincinnati.
Rapid Fired Pizza restaurants have a quick-service concept, utilizing a serving line in which customers pick out the toppings for their 11-inch personal pizza. The pie is then cooked to order in just under three minutes in a high-temperature oven. Ray Wiley, co-founder of Hot Head Burritos and a franchisee for a handful of Subway restaurants, is a co-founder of Rapid-Fired Pizza.