New pizzeria to open in Grande Prairie

One of Alberta’s fastest growing companies is bringing a little taste of Italy to one the province’s fastest growing cities.

And a 900-degree oven that can cook a pizza in 90 seconds.

Famoso Neapolitan Pizza, a fast casual style pizzeria, is renovating a store in the South 40 plaza on Wapiti Road near Second Cup, and expects to open on April 17 – including a side patio.

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Commercial development delayed

Red Deer’s municipal planning commission sent a proposal for a commercial development in the northwest corner of Oriole Park back for fine-tuning on Monday.

Developer Bradley Gabrielson is seeking to put two commercial buildings on the lot at 6852 66th St. — just off Orr Drive. One would contain a pizza restaurant and a sports bar, with conference rooms in the basement. The other is earmarked for a 17-room hotel, with 13 rooms on the second storey, and four rooms, a convenience store and a liquor store on the first floor.

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RED Marketplace increasing sales

Institutional food has plenty of detractors. But you won’t find many at Red Deer College these days, where students and staff can lunch on the likes of pitas, pizzas and smoothies.

In fact, said RDC president Joel Ward, revenues from the college’s food services during the past six weeks are up more than 40 per cent from the same period last year. Much of that business is being done in the college’s new Marketplace, where Extreme Pita, 2matos, Reds Grill, Reds on the Go, Pureblendz and Starbucks operate.

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