Memphis-based Pyro’s Fire Fresh Pizza plans to open its 3,500-square-foot location in the Tupelo Crossroads development next month.
“We are making good progress and are really pleased with how the space is shaping up,” said company co-founder Kirk Cotham. “If all the deliveries are made on time – furniture, etc. – we are trying to get open the week of June 19. There’s a lot to do between now and then, but I think we can get there.”
Hours for the Tupelo location are expected to be from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, and it will employ about 30 full- and part-time workers.
Pyro’s location is adjacent to Which Wich, which (yeah, that’s a tongue-twister) opened recently.
Along with pizzas and salads, Pyro’s also will have a variety of snacks and desserts. Pizza and salads will be made-to-order and sold at one price point.
The pizzas are cooked on an open-flame ceramic deck oven at more than 800 degrees. The fast cooking time gets pizza to the tables in about five minutes, the company said.
Meanwhile, across the street, demolition has begun on the former Ryan’s, which closed last year.
We reported recently that ALDI will be building a 20,000-square-foot store on the site, and as far as we know, that’s still the plan. Excerpts from that report:
ALDI is based in Germany but has a worldwide presence. It founded by the Albrecht family, and the first ALDI store opened in 1961 in Germany, making ALDI the first discounter in the world. Headquartered in Batavia, Illinois, ALDI’s U.S. operation, which started in 1976, now has more than 1,600 stores across 35 states, employing over 24,000 people.
ALDI has big plans for the U.S. By 2018, the company expects to have 2,000 stores with another 650 new locations. ALDI said it will invest more than $3 billion to pay for land, facilities and equipment to open the new stores.
While a typical supermarket carries about 30,000 items, ALDI says it sells “only the weekly must-haves – most of which are our high-quality brands. Smaller inventory means smaller stores, which leads to lower rent and electricity costs. This allows us to pass the savings on to you.”