Central Florida to get another Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza location, jobs

A Pasadena, California-based pizza chain is opening another location in Central Florida.

Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza will open a 2,650-square-foot restaurant on Nov. 19 at 1405 Cornerstone Blvd. in the Tomoka Town Center in Daytona Beach. The restaurant will have seating for 75 indoors and 40 outdoors.

“Daytona Beach’s thriving restaurant scene makes it a perfect fit for Blaze Pizza,” said Blaze Pizza Daytona Beach General manager Dustin Bell in a prepared statement. “Here in Daytona, we expect only the best from our restaurants – and Blaze is ready to impress with clean ingredients, diverse and healthy options, and a welcoming atmosphere.”

The location has brought 65 jobs to the area, including 15 full- and 50 part-time positions. That adds to the 175 jobs the chain’s Disney Springs and Winter Park locations created after opening in July 2016 and April 2017, respectively. Blaze Pizza is known for healthy, artisanal ingredients used on pizzas on an assembly line, with the pizza ready within two to three minutes, and you can choose as many toppings as you want for no additional charge. In addition to pizza, the eateries also serve salads, desserts, beer and wine, as well as soda, tea. lemonade and water.

Louisville, Ky-based Millennial Restaurant Group, the franchisee that operates the Daytona location, also runs 11 other Florida locations including the chain’s three Orlando restaurants. Millennial Restaurant Group also is under lease for three new Tampa locations and one in Fort Myers. The company did not say if there were any future Orlando locations in the works, yet.

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Hobby Lobby, others set to open soon at Tomoka Town Center

DAYTONA BEACH — The new “power lifestyle” retail center at Tomoka Town Center will welcome its first tenant later this month.

Hobby Lobby is set to open 9 a.m. on Aug. 27, confirmed Christy Gordon, store manager.

The arts-and-craft supplies store will be relocating from its soon-to-be old location four miles to the south at the Volusia Square shopping center at 2455 W. International Speedway Blvd.

“The 25th (of August) will be our last day,” she said of the store at Volusia Square which was the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma-based retail chain’s first Volusia-Flagler area location when it opened in September 2010.

Also moving to Tomoka Town Center from Volusia Square is the T.J. Maxx apparel store which is set to open at its new location on Sept. 6.

Another store set to open soon at Tomoka Town Center is Five Below, a retailer that sells a wide variety of goods all priced $5 or less, which will hold its grand opening Sept. 14, said store manager Stephen Bruton.

The store held a hiring event this past weekend where it was looking to fill 25 positions.

“You’ll be seeing more (Five Below stores) popping up for sure,” Bruton said.

Max Rivera, a superintendent for HGR Construction, was overseeing a construction crew working to build side-by-side stores for both Academy Sports + Outdoors and a combination Beall’s Outlet and Homecentric store at Tomoka Town Center.

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