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Pizza franchise coming to National Plaza shopping center

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A Straw Hat Pizza Genuine California Pizzeria franchise is opening in the National Plaza shopping center next to Publix, becoming the company’s first franchise in Georgia.

The restaurant at 2816 Washington Road will open in late April or early May, depending on progress for the construction project, partner Shailen Patel said.

Patel is renovating the 2,600-square-foot space, which can seat 65 customers.

San Ramon, Calif.-based Straw Hat Pizza surveyed the area and selected the location for the franchise, he said.

“They found that this was one of the busiest Publix stores in Augusta. From here to the other side, there’s no sitting pizzeria restaurants. That’s why they chose this location,” he said.

Patel said he plans to hire 10 to 12 employees and is accepting applications. Straw Hat Pizza is hiring drivers, cooks and servers. Applicants can pick up and drop off applications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.

Patel, who previously owned Subway and Pizza Inn restaurants in South Carolina, also plans to open Tower 27 Yogurt, another Straw Hat Restaurants Inc. franchise, inside the restaurant in the near future.

Straw Hat Pizza serves gourmet pizza and sandwiches and has a salad bar.

The Augusta restaurant will also have a game room for children.

Straw Hat Pizza will offer dine-in, carry out and delivery.

“It is a good franchise because they have a lot of different, very good pizzas. They serve gluten-free crust pizzas,” he said.

Straw Hat Pizza began franchising in 1969 and has about 150 restaurants nationwide, Patel said.

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Bouganvillea
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Bouganvillea 04/17/12 - 10:24 am
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David.. you made me comment
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David.. you made me comment again. I whole heartedly agree about What-a-burger. Now if they made a return to Augusta that would be something worth throwing a parade for. As for as the Sunshine.. their corned beef is passable.. certainly as good as one will get in Augusta.. but it just doesn't stack up to others I've had. And I think the overall quality at Sunshine has taken a slide over the years.

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Bouganvillea 04/17/12 - 10:28 am
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natep.. Olde Time Burgers is
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natep.. Olde Time Burgers is not What-a-burger. I think they try to recreate the "What-a-burger" experience but it is not the same and has no connection to the actual what-a-burger chain out of Texas. The cool thing about Olde Time burgers is that they have some filipino items on their menus.. I dont think you can find that anywhere else in Augusta

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countyman 04/17/12 - 10:57 am
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Bouganvillea... Ealier you

Bouganvillea... Ealier you said a chain pizza restaurant is really no big deal, and shouldn't deserve 18 comments...

The two places you mentioned(Chipotle & Trader Joes) are both chains..

Augusta maybe behind cities like Atlanta in terms of trendy yogurt shops, but not our peers(Columbia, Savannah, Greenville, Chattanooga, Charleston)...

The Village at Riverwatch and Wheeler Town Park will bring retail not presently in Augusta... Chipotle, Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Cheesecake Factory, Bebe, J Crew, Brooks Brothers, California Pizza Kitchen, etc..

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allhans 04/17/12 - 11:31 am
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The Straw Hat actually abuts

The Straw Hat actually abuts the Publix store ..the sign is up....
It can't be seen from Washington Rd but I hear that word of mouth will draw plenty of traffic.

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natep 04/17/12 - 12:57 pm
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@Bouganvillea Agreed, just

@Bouganvillea Agreed, just saying it's the closest thing you'll find in the area. I have memories from the early 80s, eating under the tree at the What-A-Burger near Milledgeville and Olive.

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Bouganvillea 04/17/12 - 01:00 pm
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Countyman.. I have no problem
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Countyman.. I have no problem with chains. I go to them regularly. But while you were on your usual kick.. I simply pointed out some big chains that do not have a presence in metro Augusta. But the bigger point is, it says a lot about our area when this is the top story in the business section for the day. I have nothing against a chain pizza place opening, but this is the top business story for a metro area over 500K? What does that say? I could see this being a news story for a place like Wrens or Waynesboro.. but for places this size, this should be no more than a blurb at most under "New openings in the area." Whereas as smaller cities like Athens are getting thousands of high paying manufacturing jobs, we get another fast food place and its treated as though a factory just came to town. Now the Starbucks plant was great news. That's a big business story, but even that pales in comparison to some of the manufacturing jobs other areas of the state are pulling in. Athens is beating our socks off in recruiting manufacturing. But yet people like you want to get all excited over another fast food place or a yogurt shop. Sorry if others of us dont share your same level of enthusiasm or see this as a big news story.

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countyman 04/17/12 - 01:37 pm
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Athens lands a total of two

Athens lands a total of two companies, and now all of an sudden they're beating the socks off Augusta... The Caterpillar deal was a big announcement, but the clothing plant will pay $11-$13 in Athens.. This is similar to saying Graniteville can compete against Augusta due to the Bridgestone expansion. In reality Augusta has crushed Athens over the last few years..

Uh?? $172 million Starbucks, $115 million Rockwood, mutli milllion Algae plant, and Bennett International $35 million... Don't forget about the expansions: Augusta Newsprint $55 million, Potash $40 million, DSM chemcials purchasing of the Pfizer plant, US Battery 42k. sq. ft, etc..

What about white collar office jobs in Athens? Do they have companies like Rural Sourcing bringing 100 IT jobs downtown.. I notice ADP(Fortune 300) opened a $40 million facility, and brought 1000 jobs here...

Then I can't forget to mention up to 500-600 jobs at the old Fort Discovery, or the $2.5 million(300 jobs) Electrolux center...Once the GHSU/ASU riverfront campus starts to see buildings opening in the CBD.. Imagine all of the private companies who will flock downtown with high paying jobs.. The Starbucks plant is the first tenant to occupy the Augusta Corporate Park(1,000 plus acres), and the brand will attract additional companies..

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Riverman1 04/17/12 - 02:53 pm
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"Imagine all of the private

"Imagine all of the private companies who will flock downtown with high paying jobs."

I'm curious why you think private companies are going to flock downtown with high paying jobs?

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Riverman1 04/17/12 - 02:54 pm
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"Augusta maybe behind cities

"Augusta maybe behind cities like Atlanta in terms of trendy yogurt shops, but not our peers(Columbia, Savannah, Greenville, Chattanooga, Charleston)..."

I think our peer cities are more like Macon and Columbus.

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Bouganvillea 04/17/12 - 03:08 pm
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exactly Riverman.. Augusta's
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exactly Riverman.. Augusta's "peer" cities are Macon and Columbus.. let's not kid ourselves

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countyman 04/17/12 - 03:20 pm
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Metro Augusta is larger than

Metro Augusta is larger than Chattanooga, and the MSA GDP is larger than the MSA and CSA of Savannah..

Columbia is not our 'peer', but they don't have Apple, Costco, or PF Changs.. They're getting Whole Foods, and Sephora(Sephora opened in Augusta mall back in 2008 I believe) is coming to Columbia ..

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specsta 04/17/12 - 03:17 pm
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Wow, Augusta is so

Wow, Augusta is so small-town. Thirty-seven comments on a pizza joint opening up - I guess there would be a city holiday if a Dave & Buster's broke ground...

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Bouganvillea 04/17/12 - 03:32 pm
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spectsta.. that was our point
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spectsta.. that was our point from the beginning, but countyman just eats this sort of stuff up.

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allhans 04/17/12 - 05:55 pm
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Hey..This is about FOOD. :(

Hey..This is about FOOD. :(

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raul 04/24/12 - 07:11 pm
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@countyman. When are the J.

@countyman. When are the J. Crew and Brooks Bros. shops opening?

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