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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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omnomnom
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omnomnom 04/16/12 - 04:36 pm
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i dont think that the pizza

i dont think that the pizza place's potential location is called the national hills shopping center. the NHSC that i know and lurv is where the Fresh Market, some fancy pants dinner party place, a makeup store and the electrolux call center is

floridasun
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floridasun 04/16/12 - 04:40 pm
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I have lived in Augusta for

I have lived in Augusta for 50 years and I never knew Publix was in National Hills Shopping Center.
I thought National Hills Shopping Center was where Fresh Market is today and where J B White's, woolworths, Schwartz's Deli and the A & P use to be.

obkad
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obkad 04/16/12 - 04:55 pm
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National Hills "area"

National Hills "area" shopping center, Ms. Emerson. Fresh Market is in THE National Hills Shopping Center. Will be interesting to see if they can compete with those $5 starch discs from Lil Caesar's across the street.

Sean Moores
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Sean Moores 04/16/12 - 04:57 pm
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I'm pretty sure she meant

I'm pretty sure she meant that it was the Publix near National Hills. We will contact her and get her to be more specific.

LaTina Emerson
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LaTina Emerson 04/16/12 - 04:59 pm
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The name of the shopping

The name of the shopping center is National Plaza.

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 04/16/12 - 05:02 pm
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IF the name of the center has

IF the name of the center has been CHANGED to National Plaza...you have a scoop.

Been National Hills Shopping Center all 47 of MY years...

Sean Moores
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Sean Moores 04/16/12 - 05:18 pm
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Publix is in the National

Publix is in the National Plaza shopping center just down Washington Rd. from National Hills Shopping Center.

iLove
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iLove 04/16/12 - 05:30 pm
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only in augusta...
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only in augusta...

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/16/12 - 07:16 pm
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Geez, even I got what she was

Geez, even I got what she was saying. TWO different shopping centers.

Jake
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Jake 04/16/12 - 07:16 pm
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Great, another "chain" food

Great, another "chain" food franchise coming to Augusta. How about the locals stepping up and doing their own pizza place? On a recent visit to the Augusta area just about all I saw was chain, chain, chain. Try being a little more creative.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 04/16/12 - 07:17 pm
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Good grief!! How hard is it

Good grief!! How hard is it for people to see the difference between "National Hills Shopping Center" and just "National Plaza"? Kinda funny.

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 04/16/12 - 07:52 pm
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They changed and corrected

They changed and corrected this article and the way it was originally written. When it first posted, it was a mess.

omnomnom
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omnomnom 04/16/12 - 08:14 pm
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i just got excited because i

i just got excited because i thought it meant a restaurant you could walk to from national hills. neighborhood stores and restaurants are pretty nice to have. some people don't want to drive everywhere, and biking in this town may get you killed

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 04/16/12 - 08:37 pm
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Used to have three cool

Used to have three cool places to eat in National Hills Shopping Center...the counter at Woolworth...Pastry Kitchen (slaw dogs 4 for a dollar)...and the IMMORTAL Schwartz's !

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countyman 04/16/12 - 08:41 pm
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This is one of their dual

This is one of their dual restaurants and features an yogurt shop too.. I'm glad to see the yogurt experience continuing to improve in the metro.. Tutti Frutti opened their first GA location in West Augusta, and recently decided to expand after only a few short months... Yotopia opened near Five Guys a few months ago in Evans... Twisted Indulgence open in Riverwood shopping center(Evans), and Peachwave moved into the Fairway Plaza(West Augusta)...

Two new pizza spots moved to West Augusta(Crazy Turks & Marcos), and one of them(Marcos) opened a second location in Grovetown...

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proudgunowner 04/16/12 - 09:21 pm
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I've wished for years that
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I've wished for years that Guiseppe's would open a second location in West Augusta, and even sent them a note a few years back when Fazoli's closed that it would be a great location for them. Now if we could get a Steak & Shake, Bob Evans and others to build at Riverwatch near the new Costco it would be great! Even though it is a franchise / chain place I'm glad to see economic activity happening in Augusta!

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Willow Bailey 04/16/12 - 10:22 pm
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Austin, there will never be

Austin, there will never be better pizza or atmosphere than Schwartz's. Woolworths! I haven't thought of them in years. And remember the ice cream/sandwich shop that used to be where French Market Grill is in Surrey. Wasn't it called Swensons? And both of the Green Jackets... And I miss Stonecrest in CC so much...saw you there a lot, so you must have liked it too. Can't leave out S.H. Kress on Broad, The Six Shooter DT, and the Town Tavern. We certainly have lost some great restaurants.

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Austin Rhodes 04/16/12 - 10:43 pm
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Wilkinson's Hot Dogs...hot

Wilkinson's Hot Dogs...hot mustard and onions!

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 04/16/12 - 11:22 pm
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OMG...more augusta drivel.
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OMG...more augusta drivel. The "yougart experience"..is that a serious post???

countyman
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countyman 04/17/12 - 12:05 am
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Oh no!!! More Augusta

Oh no!!! More Augusta hate...

If you actually google 'yogurt experience' several stores already use the phrase... I think somebody is mad the SC side of the metro isn't attracting trendy yogurt shops...

The haters keep coming while Starbucks, Rockwood, Costco, Rural Sourcing, etc keep coming to Augusta... The people who aren't familiar with the recent developments in Augusta may believe your 'drivel', but not those who know the truth.

I don't understand how four trendy yogurt shops opening in a few months is nonsense.. There's obviously a growing market here if they keep coming..

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Bouganvillea 04/17/12 - 12:11 am
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On another note.. only in
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On another note.. only in Augusta would you have over 18 comments on some chain pizza place opening in a strip shopping center. It's kind of like when those podunk towns would throw a parade when a Dairy Queen opened. This is barely news.. certainly nothing warranting more than a paragraph.

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itsanotherday1 04/17/12 - 12:41 am
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My "yogurt experience" is

My "yogurt experience" is NEVER AGAIN!! I went into that new one in Evans and walked out with nearly a $5 cup of yogurt. You serve yourself and they weigh it. I got an amount that would equal a medium DQ cone...

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Techfan 04/17/12 - 04:22 am
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I'll stick with Roma's for my

I'll stick with Roma's for my pizza.

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 04/17/12 - 07:33 am
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SC isn't mad about any
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SC isn't mad about any differences across the river...just drive across the 13th street bridge...we look awesome!!

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 04/17/12 - 08:42 am
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Tech, on the old forums

Tech, on the old forums someone else raved about Romas, but I wasn't impressed. I guess it is kind of like BBQ, usually a matter of individual tastes.

Bouganvillea
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Bouganvillea 04/17/12 - 10:48 am
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I feel a little dirty
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I feel a little dirty commenting on this thread, but a word to the countyman: The trendy frou frou yogurt shops have been around for many years now. They've sprouted up like weeds all over the place. As usual, the Augusta area is behind the curve as they have just started arriving here. I could really care less as $6 for a cup of frozen yogurt is too expensive for me. I still cant get Chipotle in the Augusta area though, get good inexpensive wine at a Trader Joes.. get spicy peri peri chicken at nandos.. a decent corned beef sandwich..and there's still no Vapianos

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David Parker 04/17/12 - 10:59 am
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Once the What-a-Burger went

Once the What-a-Burger went away on Broad St., a little part of me died.

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David Parker 04/17/12 - 11:06 am
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@ Bouganvillea have you

@ Bouganvillea

have you confirmed Sunshine Bakery doesn't serve a decent corned beef sandwich? I had a reuben there and it was exsquiseete. MUAH!

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ddelaigle 04/17/12 - 11:08 am
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I remember walking from

I remember walking from Eisenhower Drive w/ my two older sisters and friends to Nat'l Hills to go to the movies or eat pizza at Schwarts....wow, the did indeed have THE BEST pizza ever. Really miss that place and those times. DHD

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natep 04/17/12 - 11:10 am
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@David Parker What-A-Burger

@David Parker What-A-Burger is still alive in some form as Olde Time Burgers on Walton Way near Walton Way Deli.

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