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Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:40 pm, Tue Dec 18, 2012.

The Lodi Planning Commission gave the go-ahead on Wednesday night for a new pizza eatery to open in Downtown Lodi.

Smack Pie Pizza plans to offer happy hours and sell pizza-by-the-slice, individual pizzas and 20-inch full pizzas. It will be located at 121 S. School St., across from the Post Office and next to the former site of the King Tsin restaurant.

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  • Dean Tiernan posted at 9:43 am on Fri, Dec 14, 2012.

    Dean Tiernan Posts: 18

    Given this local pro business outlook. How do you propose to fill the empty stores that have been there for nearly 10 years. What about all the successful Lodi businesses?

    Um......I am not yelling at anyone. I as the brother in law of a successful businessman, and a former local businessman I make every attempt to do that. There are flourishing businesses in Lodi and we need to encourage more local business. Do you ever see a movie? Do you know anyone who uses the salon next door, used to go to the Feed and Fuel, The Saigon, The museum, Lodi Beer Company.

    You influence people when you write here. Try to be a positive cheerleader. If there is a doubt as to success, go there,. try it. park your car intentionally and walk to a business. And if it sounds like all positive California speak, then so be it. Our words have impact. Let us be in support of the pizza by the slice business and hope for more. One local business, I moved to be within walking distance will be replaced by a health club chain. Boy, sure need more of them. Good by Apple Market, sad you're leaving. Hope all you nice folks who work there find a job. I hear Walmart is gonna build a really big store someday.

  • Brett Thompson posted at 7:08 am on Fri, Dec 14, 2012.

    Brett Thompson Posts: 55

    To reiterate my point, other than few of them, Lodians do not support their local businesses. They're much happier going to a big box store. Additionally, so many people in Lodi seem to open small businesses without the proper funding, a solid business plan, and a market demand, that maybe many Lodians just don't bother to be loyal to them because they expect the business to be gone within a year (which is typically what happens).

    Additionally, there needs to be something unique about a local small business that allows it to compete with the big box discount stores. Sadly, many of these local businesses do not treat their customers any better than them and often have an inferior product and selection.

  • Kevin Paglia posted at 3:45 pm on Thu, Dec 13, 2012.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2116

    Uh, Dean, sounds like you are yelling at me but I was posting in support of it.

    And as for where to find $3.00 sandwiches: EVERY fast food place! They have their dollar menus.

    Personally I would Love a pizza by the slice place here in Lodi, if it was a convenient place for me to get to. I rarely shop down town as there are only a few places there that have things I want. As with all businesses it is all about Location, location, location.

  • Dean Tiernan posted at 10:28 am on Thu, Dec 13, 2012.

    Dean Tiernan Posts: 18

    So it didn't work before and 50 cents is a reasonable price? Really. Did you notice the part VACANT since 2008? We need to encourage EVERY new business that comes to Lodi's downtown. In my neighborhood the local grocery store is closing its doors and a "health" club to take its place. Ladies, local business will save our economy and the only way to save the Lodi economy is to support Lodi business. I speak as a former local business owner. You know the old axiom about word of mouth. BEFORE the doors have opened.

    I am single and paid almost 30 bucks for a pizza it will take me a week to eat. Get a grip here. We need new business, we need to line up for their pizza AND 3.00? Really? How much is your drive through or sandwich shop charging for lunch. Please show me ONE place to get a sandwich for 3.00.

    This is exactly where our economy lives or dies. This is something you have absolute control over, not somebody in Washington. Support Lodi business.

  • Kevin Paglia posted at 8:16 am on Thu, Dec 13, 2012.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2116

    I don't know about the first Pizza by the slice here in Lodi, but the college town I went to has had one for 30 years and it is still doing fine. Their pizza was 50 cents when I was there, I think they are a dollar now. For a sixth of a pizza slice, for a college student that was a great price.

    I have also seen these kind of pizza by the sice charge over $3 per slice and suffer. I think it is all bout the pricing.

  • Brett Thompson posted at 7:01 am on Thu, Dec 13, 2012.

    Brett Thompson Posts: 55

    This was already tried by someone who was located right next to the movie theater. It failed miserably. What makes this person think that opening one on Walnut is going to be any less of a failure?

    People need to do market analysis and write business plans before they open a retail business. Lodi is not a good city for retailers, unless you're a big box store.



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