Donatos Pizza has opened at the SMG-managed Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC). Donatos signed a 10-year lease to become a tenant in the GCCC's Food Court & Shops on Level 1. "We are thrilled to welcome a new merchant the caliber of Donatos, a company founded locally that has grown to be a regional favorite under the admirable direction of the Grote family and their management team," said GCCC General Manager John R. Page.
Donatos is located in the 1,328-square-foot suite formerly occupied by Noble Roman's Pizza and Tony J's Mexican Grill. Donatos complete menu of Edge to Edge(R) pizzas, oven baked subs, garden fresh salads, wings and desserts is available. There is also a convenient "Grab & Go" counter that features readymade individual pepperoni and cheese pizzas, fresh salads and drinks. The new location offers catering and delivery service to downtown addresses.
"The Convention Center is an important part of our community, and thus it is very important to Donatos," said Donatos Chief Operating Officer
Tom Pendrey. "Our business at all levels has grown significantly in 2014, and we are pleased to be able to contribute to Central Ohio with
Donatos' company growth is outpacing industry trends, according to Pendrey. After reporting significant increases in sales and customer
counts over the last year, the company continues to invest in its hometown of Columbus. "Donatos will continue to show our commitment to
where we got our start in Central Ohio," said Pendrey. "As we continue to grow on a national level, we will always be looking for ways to grow
our hometown presence."
In September 2014, Donatos announced plans to add 200 new jobs in Central Ohio in both the company's restaurant and bakery divisions.
"The arrival of Donatos is a key example of the enhanced level of service we'll be providing to our guests in the Food Court & Shops and
throughout the entire facility," said Page. "Our facility will become even more vibrant as we've added this popular new tenant, commenced
construction of the 800-space Goodale Garage, selected a new exclusive caterer and are preparing for a $125 million expansion and full
renovation of the Greater Columbus Convention Center."