Dominos opens at new Wildwood location

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Photos by George Capua/The new location now offers dine-in seating for patrons. Photos by George Capua/The new location now offers dine-in seating for patrons.

WILDWOOD—Dominos pizza is now baking pies at their new location on Rio Grande and New Jersey avenues, which city officials say is the largest Dominos in the country.

At 2,800 square feet, the restaurant can produce 450 pizzas an hour and offers seating for 57 people as well as offering carryout service as well as delivery, the city said.

The new store at 4800 New Jersey Ave. is owned by husband and wife Drew and Racheal Williams.

Williams and his wife are veterans when it comes to making pizzas, the city said. The couple own 20 restaurants throughout New Jersey, including one at 3800 New Jersey Ave. The move from that location to the new facility 10 blocks away at 4800 New Jersey Ave. was made when Williams learned he would be able to add tables, seating and dining.  

“This is a new concept they came out with,” said Drew Williams of Domino’s desire to deliver more services to customers. “It’s called pizza theater. You can actually watch your pizza get made.”

The “pizza theater” is a pizza preparation area that patrons can see. According to Drew Williams, these areas are often placed in the back of the house, but this Domino’s offers patrons the chance to watch their pizza be prepared.

According to Williams, he and his wife expect the busiest summer ever in their new location.

“There have been times in the past when we’ve been number two in the country.” he said. He added that the chain has 11,000 stores worldwide.

“This year we’re shooting to be number one,” he said. 

Senior driver Mike Castoria said that the Dominos moved from its previous location to be more visible, and to accommodate for dine-in seating.

“Everyone who comes into the island now will be seeing our sign,” Castoria said.

The Williams are also reaching back into Wildwood’s local community, the city said. The couple remains involved in local charities such as the Lunch with Lynch program as well as local schools.  With the new restaurant and its ability to offer sit-down service, they hope to increase their involvement, the city said.

The restaurant currently employs 12 year-round employees and hopes to hire as many locals as possible during the summer season to bring their number of employees to 35.

“This year I’m actually working with the Department of Labor to have us work with local youth to help them learn how to work,” said Drew Williams.  “They’ll come in and we’ll show them how to keep busy.”  Those selected for the program will be paid, he noted.

During a ribbon-cutting ceremony Jan. 10, local officials and residents wished the new owners success.

“We wish you nothing but the best,” Mayor Ernie Troiano told the Williams during the ribbon cutting. “We wish you success in everything you do.”

The store, located on New Jersey Avenue between Taylor and Rio Grande avenues is open every day from 11 a.m. until midnight, with hours extending to 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.  Summer hours will include seven days a week from 11 a.m. until 4 a.m.  Customers may dine in, take out, call 609-846-1000 for delivery, or contact the store at dominos.com.

Photo by George Capua/Drew and Racheal Williams are the owners of the new Dominos, which held a ribbon-cutting Jan. 10. Photo by George Capua/Drew and Racheal Williams are the owners of the new Dominos, which held a ribbon-cutting Jan. 10.

 


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