Domino’s to celebrate grand reopening

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After changing ownership in 2011, Domino’s Pizza at 1413 S. Water St. is having a grand reopening with a week filled with deals and events.

Karl Waller took ownership of the store in August 2011, but wanted to have a grand reopening with a portion of the profits benefiting Kent Social Services. He said he wanted to wait to have the week-long ceremony until he hired and trained a full staff.

With various deals and events throughout the week, including a ribbon cutting ceremony with Kent Mayor Jerry Fiala on Wednesday, the store will have an afternoon filled of contests on Saturday. The day begins with a wobble board and pizza eating contest followed by a silent auction.


Kent State Faculty Night 5 p.m.-7 p.m.: Large one-topping

pizzas for $4.99 to Kent State faculty (carryout only)


Buy one get one free bread sides


Ribbon cutting with Kent Mayor Jerry Fiala at 4 p.m.


College Night 7 p.m.-10 p.m.: Large one-topping pizza for

$4.99 for anyone with a college ID (carryout only)


Free Parmesan bites and a two-liter with purchase of a large specialty pizza at menu price


Noon.-3 p.m.: Wobble Board for the Cure

12:30 p.m.- 1 p.m.: Pizza eating contest ($5 entry)

1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.: Silent Auction


Noon-12:30 p.m.: Opening ceremony by the American Legion

Noon-2 p.m.: Meet the local heroes

Waller said 100 percent of the proceeds from Saturday’s events will benefit Kent Social Services.

Christie Anderson, manager at Kent Social Services, said the money will go into the Food Pantry program that feeds hungry families in Kent.

“On behalf of Kent Social Services, we are very appreciative of the support Domino’s in serving the hungry people in our community,” she said.

Waller chose Kent Social Services because it was similar to what he used to do at the Ft. Lauderdale Domino’s Pizza in Florida.

“Me and the office team and Domino’s Pizza down there, we would go and serve meals,” he said. “This was very similar to what we experienced down there.”

Anderson said Waller approached her and wanted to donate to a local cause to help families in need.

“I give (Waller) a lot of credit,” she said. “It’s his project and his idea.”

On Sunday, customers and residents can meet local heroes. Waller, an Iraq War veteran, said it’s important to recognize the local heroes.

“Military members, a lot of the time, don’t get the recognition that they deserve even the local police officers and fire departments” he said. “They always deserve more recognition.”

Contact Brad Tansey at [email protected].