Sneak peek at IYB: 2nd Jet's on the way
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Jet’s Pizza is planning to open up a second store in Champaign, this time in the Round Barn area in part of the space formerly occupied by Blockbuster Video.
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“We’re going to open over there hopefully later this year. We’d like to open in November,” said Pat Snack, whose family already operates the Jet’s Pizza location at Neil and Green streets in Champaign.
That store opened in February 2012, and Snack said the new location made sense because “we needed to be on the west side.”
“This store is going to be larger and will have some dine-in (space), she said, noting that the Neil and Green location offers only pick-up and delivery. “We have all our plans done and are in the throes of getting into construction.”
The new store, at 1907 W. Springfield Ave., C, will likely employ 15 to 20 people, she said.
Snack said it’s too early to comment on whether Jet’s might open other locations in the area.
“I just want to get this one under our belts first,” she said.
Wiese Enterprises, a venture of Snack and her son, Don Wiese, operate the existing store. She said the new store will be operated by Wiese and his brother, Matt.
“Champaign-Urbana has been very good to us and has been receptive to our product,” she added.
Jet’s is best known for its deep-dish square pizza, but also serves thin-crust round pizzas, as well as subs, salads and other items.
Jet’s will occupy the northern 2,500 square feet of the Blockbuster space. The remaining 4,000 square feet is available for lease, according to Richard Park of Coldwell Banker Commercial Devonshire Realty.
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