The countdown has begun to the opening of the new Pita Pit in Cheney. While no official date has been set, owner Larry Gallagher is hoping doors will open to hungry customers by late September or early October.
“If things go right and we have no more surprises, we should be ready by October,” said Gallagher.
Gallagher has had his fill of surprises considering the Pita Pit was slated to open last May. “When we got into the building it was destroyed,” he said. “It was just a mess,” he said.
Located on College Avenue, the old 24 Frames Building has proven to be more of a challenge then Gallagher first thought.
With requirements such as adding four beams to help hold the ceiling up and making sure things are structurally sound, Gallagher said things are finally coming together.
“Our progress has been slower than we thought,” Gallagher said. “But everything is starting to pick up. We are going to make this happen.”
Last September Gallagher and his wife purchased the Cheney Pita Pit franchise, but were unable to find a building until January.
“It took a long time to find a place in Cheney,” said Gallagher. “We worked with a realtor who showed us the 24 Frames building and we thought it was perfect.”
With the opening getting closer, Gallagher said he has already started the hiring process. He’s already hired 18 people but is still looking for a few more.
“I’m really looking for students who can work 10:30 in the morning to around one in the afternoon,” he said. “It’s the hardest time to fill since most students have class in the morning. So I am hoping to find some students who have night classes and are looking for some extra spending money,” he said.
Open until midnight, Sunday through Wednesday and until 3 a.m., Thursday through Saturday, Pita Pit is sure to be a late night snack choice for many students.