Dominos returns

| 15 Feb 2012 | 10:28

ANDOVER — Domino's Pizza celebrated its grand reopening at its new location on 244 Newton-Sparta Road on Saturday, Nov. 19. Owner Al Farace has owned the Domino's location for 16 years. The new store in Andover has become New Jersey's number one store is a model location for other stores across the state. Farace said Domino's was originally aimed at delivery, but his carry out business has increased, originally starting at 4 percent, then growing to 14 percent. In his new store, he said, it has climbed to 48 percent. "The building is doing the advertising for me," said Farace, who transformed the former auto repair shop into a bright, welcoming establishment offering a variety of items on its menu. "Over the past three years, Domino's has revamped the menu," Farace added. There are new types of sauce, cheese, and dough Domino's is using. Additionally, sandwiches and pastas joined the lineup. Last month artisan pizzas came on board. "It's a very special pizza," said Farace. The three varieties, Italian sausage and pepper trio, spinach and feta, and Tuscan salami and roasted veggie run at $7.99 a pizza. On Nov. 19 employees handed out samples of cheese pizza, and the spinach and feta, as Max 106.3 broadcasted live at the event. On the day of the grand reopening, $1 of every order was donated to the Andover Township Fraternal Order of Police and the Fire Department. The fraternal order is collecting toys for Toys for Tots with a bin set up in the police station for donations and a Toys for Tots Drive and dinner on Dec. 9 at the Hillside Park Barn. Proceeds received from the Domino's Grand Reopening also benefited the cause. "We are dedicated to the Andover Township area, and are excited about the opportunity to serve its residents with a revamped store, and exceptional customer service," said Farace. "What a great success story this is," said Mayor Phil Boyce, before cutting the ribbon. "We took a business in a lesser location, and moved it to a better location. [Farace] also did a nice job taking an abandoned building and making it useful again." Unlike other municipalities in the county, Boyce said Andover Township does not have a traditional Main Street downtown area, but compares this section of town to one. He said he sees both Pezzo Pizza and Domino's, two different types of restaurants, packed with customers and is pleased. Boyce also mentioned that Cumberland Farms will be remodeling soon, the old milk barn will be home to the Andover Animal Hospital, and Wawa will be opening a location on the other side of town on Route 206.