Domino's celebrated the opening of its 9,000th store March 11 by conducting symbolic opening events at two stores, worlds apart. One event was held in New Delhi, India's thriving capital city, and the second in New Orleans, in a neighborhood rebuilding itself after being ravaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
More than 8,300 miles away from Pitampura, Domino's largest U.S. franchisee, RPM Pizza LLC, is opening its 135th store, this one in New Orleans on Chef Menteur Highway, one of the areas decimated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The new free-standing store will be "hurricane ready" with generators, an extra-large cooler and the ability to reopen quickly to serve citizens of the community, as the franchise did in several areas throughout Louisiana and Mississippi five years ago.
"Our franchise is closing in on its 30th anniversary and we have remained committed to being there when our communities need it most," said Glenn Mueller, president of RPM Pizza, LLC.
"We've always sought to have ours be the last restaurants to close and the first to open in times of great need," Mueller said. "Opening a new store in this neighborhood is one more step toward rebuilding this great city. Domino's Pizza was the first chain to offer pizza delivery service and now Domino's is the first to service all areas of metro New Orleans."
Mueller noted that RPM Pizza LLC plans to hire nearly 100 additional team members throughout the New Orleans area.
Domino's Executive Vice Presidents Scott Hinshaw and Jim Stansik joined Glenn Mueller and others at RPM Pizza, including franchise founder Richard Mueller Jr., at the ceremony, which featured two $9,000 donations: One to the Friends of the New Orleans Recreation Department to help rebuild parks and playgrounds, and one to Habitat for Humanity. The franchise also gave away 9,000 pizza slices and 9,000 cans of Coca-Cola products to customers visiting the store during the event.