Wally’s Pizza returning to Marietta

Photo by Michele Newbanks New employees are busy being trained at the Wally's Pizza on Seventh Street in Marietta Tuesday. The store will open on Monday. From the left are Isabelle Myers, 17, franchisee Tracy Peach, Riley Holschuh, 18, and Ally Mack, 16.

Marietta College students and Marietta residents looking for a slice of pizza will have a new place to visit as Wally’s Pizza will open for business on Seventh Street on Monday.

With locations in Cambridge, Caldwell and New Concord, the chain has an unusual way of making their pizzas.

“We cook the dough with the sauce on it, put cheese back on it and then put fresh pepperoni,” said Matt Hanes, owner of the franchise company, adding that after the toppings are added, there is another layer of provolone cheese.

Wally’s began in 1969 in Cambridge as East Village Pizza. It was owned from 1969 to 1978 by a man named Wally Parks.

“In 1978, my dad Tom Hanes purchased it from Wally,” Hanes said. “It wasn’t a Wally’s Pizza at the time, it was East Village Pizza. Everyone who went there knew Wally, so we decided to call it Wally’s Pizza.”

Hanes said the chain had a franchise on Colegate Drive in Marietta 13 or 14 years ago, but it didn’t work out.

“Marietta is one of several locations we plan to open in the near future,” Hanes said. “We’re doing it right this time.”

He said the 218 Seventh St. location was ideal for the new restaurant.

“The college is a big draw. Other things have failed there, but the location is really nice,” Hanes explained. “There’s a ton of traffic.”

He added the chain is generally considered “fast casual.”

The location was once the home of Flying Dogs and Mustard Seed Cafe, but now it will be doling out pizzas of all sizes, including trays and half-trays, and pizza by the slice. There will be a four-piece daily special, and an unusual pizza for this area – cauliflower-crust pizza.

Visitors to the shop can purchase whole and half-subs of several varieties such as chicken bacon ranch, Italian, buffalo chicken and Hawaiian. For those wanting something lighter, salads including garden, pepperoni, Italian and grilled chicken will be available.

Wings are popular this time of year with college football on every Saturday. Along with plain wings, they can be purchased in many different flavors, including buffalo mild, garlic parmesan and sriracha bourbon.

For appetizers, calzones, cheesy bread and pretzel sticks can be made.

The shop will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and closed Sundays.

“It’s closed on Sunday because that’s family time,” Hanes explained. “It’s also the most called off day of the week.”

Approximately 15 people will be hired to work at the Marietta location.

Before the shop could open, the building was thoroughly cleaned and painted white with goose-neck lights, Hanes said.

“He wants to strip and pave the parking lot this spring,” Hanes said of the franchisee, Brett Peach. “He re-did the whole interior and it looks nice and inviting.”

LED menu boards will be installed, which they can use to promote community events or new products, he added. New signage will be added today to the exterior,

Brett and Tracy Peach live near Caldwell and this is their first franchise.

“We decided we wanted to do pizza of some kind, so we cold-called Matt (Hanes) and it just worked out,” Brett Peach said Tuesday afternoon.

He said the first call to Hanes was early this year, so they’ve been working on this project for some time.

“We still get a good bit of business from Marietta when Marietta plays Cambridge,” Hanes said. “We see a lot of Marietta patrons.”

He noted that although the Wally’s that once was in Marietta failed, he’s optimistic about this location.

“We want to earn their business with a quality product and good service,” he said.

Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.

At a glance:

• Wally’s Pizza coming to 218 Seventh St., Marietta.

• Store will be open on Monday.

• Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and closed Sunday.

Source: Matt Hanes, franchise owner.


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