‘You guys overwhelmed us:’ Domino’s customers flock to $1.99 deal to benefit FoodBank

Customer turnout for the Domino's Pizza special $1.99 offer to celebrate the reopening of its tornado-damaged Dayton store and to raise money for The Foodbank was, shall we say, robust.

“We had a great event — we sold over 2,200 pizzas,” Domino’s Dayton-area franchisee Tristan Koehler told this news outlet. “Our total donation to the food bank will be $4,657, and that includes some extra cash from the ‘contribution jar’ — like a tip jar but all the money was marked for donation.”

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The Dayton Domino's Facebook page was both thankful and apologetic to customers in a post late last night, June 12:

“OK, what can we say? We way underestimated the Dayton Strong Support, and you guys overwhelmed us. We are sure we disappointed some with our service today. That was not our intention. We had four other stores supplying pizzas to help meet the demand, (but) it was not near enough.”

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“For all those upset, we apologize. For everyone who donated to the Foodbank Jar and bought pizzas, we thank you. ... . Dayton Domino's is overwhelmed with your generosity ... . Thanks again for your patience and generosity.”

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The offer was for Wednesday, June 12 only.

***ORIGINAL STORY (June 10, 2019)

A Domino’s Pizza store that was damaged by the Memorial Day Tornadoes reopened on Monday June 10, two weeks after the storms.

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And the pizza shop at 1450 Kuntz Road near Stanley Avenue and Troy Street will offer a special deal on Wednesday, June 12, to help the community, with all sales from a $1.99 medium one-topping pizza offer to be donated to the Dayton Foodbank. The $1.99 one-topping medium-pizza deal is good for pickup only, NOT delivery, and will be offered from the store opening at 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Wednesday, with a limit of two pizzas per customer.

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“We just want to help out the community,” said Tristan Koehler, the franchise owner of the Kuntz Road pizza shop and several other Dayton Domino’s locations.

Koehler said he was thankful the store’s staff was not injured in the tornadoes. Some sought protection in the store’s walk-in cooler, he said.

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The business had some roof and exhaust-fan damage, “but in the broad scheme of things, our business was not badly damaged,” Koehler said. A power pole was snapped behind the store, and a several nearby businesses suffered more severe damage, the Domino’s franchisee said.

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