Cassano’s Pizza is in the early stages of relocating and upgrading its New Lebanon restaurant. This image is from a similar project Cassano’s completed earlier this year to open a new location in the Airway Shopping Center. MARK FISHER/STAFF

Cassano’s to relocate, upgrade another of its pizza restaurants

Cassano’s Pizza King is continuing its efforts to upgrade and relocate some of its restaurants to new and better locations.

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Plans are in the early stages to relocate the Cassano’s pizza shop in New Lebanon from its current space at 430 W. Main St. to 580 W. Main St. A request for a building permit for the project has been submitted to Montgomery County, listing the area to be renovated at 2,242 square feet and the value of the completed project at $200,000.

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Cassano’s recently shut down a location on East Third Street in Dayton after opening a new location up the street in the Airway Shopping Center. And in January, the chain opened a newly constructed restaurant on North Main Street in Harrison Twp., replacing an existing restaurant five blocks away that was decades old.

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Cassano’s spokeswoman Lora Cassano-Hammons said the New Lebanon project is in its early stages.

“We hope to open by the end of the year, but as you know with construction and permits, it all depends,” Cassano-Hammons said. “There will be an increase in seating and employees, but again we do not have numbers as of now. The new store will be designed much like the new sites on Woodman/Airway and North Main.”

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Founded in 1953, the Kettering-based Cassano’s Pizza King is Dayton’s oldest pizza chain. It operates more than 30 pizza shops and restaurants across the region.

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In recent years, Cassano’s has faced increasing competition from new pizza chains and other regional chains entering the Dayton-area market for the first time, such as Rapid Fired Pizza, PizzaFire, MOD Pizza, Jet’s Pizza, and Dewey’s Pizza, among others.

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