A Little Caesars mascot on Thursday paced, jumped and waved his arms along East Philadelphia Street, drawing attention to a new location the national pizza chain has opened in York City.
Known for its $5 Hot-N-Ready pizzas, Little Caesars opened Tuesday in Delphia Plaza, 320 E. Philadelphia St.
It's the fourth location in York County and the seventh in the region, spanning from Lancaster to Chambersburg, said Rashid Salahutdin, owner of the franchise.
The new pizza shop has created about 25 jobs, and most of the workers can walk from their homes, he said.
It's the first Little Caesars in York City. The other locations are in Springettsbury, West Manchester and York townships.
"The city offers a good demographic for our store," Salahutdin said. "Where else can you find a large, $5 pizza that's hot and ready. You can walk out of here with a pizza in 30 seconds."
Nestled between wHoly Chicken and the WC Rapha Project, the city location is the only local Little Caesars that doesn't have a drive-thru window.
The drive-thru windows at the other locations in York County have been beneficial to moms with kids in the car, Salahutdin said.
But the lack of one at the city location hasn't deterred sales during the first two days of operation.
"They've been good," he said.
Salahutdin didn't offer specific financial information about the privately-held chain, but he said the $5 pizza is proving the best seller in the city, as well as the other locations.
In addition to the $5 pizzas, Little Caesars also sells breadsticks, wings, drinks and additional pizza varieties, such as the 3 Meat Treat.
"We've brought a national brand to Downtown York," he said.
Salahutdin plans to open a few more Little Caesars in the area during the coming months, but he said it's too soon to announce those locations.
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