Future pizzeria

 Part of this Division Avenue building will soon be turned into a Domino’s Pizza store, including sit-down dining, as well as take-out food and deliveries. Photo by Bob Zientara

A New Richmond business owner has purchased and will remodel part of the former Hand & Heart Creations store, at 1151 E. Division Ave., Barron, in order to convert the property into a Domino’s Pizzeria.

The proposal was approved last week by the city Plan Commission.

City records said the new owner is New Richmond resident Mark Forder. He purchased the building from Barron resident Joe Johnston. There is one other tenant, Northwest Chiropractic & Sports Rehab.

On Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, Forder said the eastern portion of the building covers about 2,500 square feet. It will undergo “a full renovation” that will include a pizza oven, two guest bathrooms, heating, ventilating and air conditioning, a new furnace, and upgrades in electrical and plumbing utilities, he added.

“We will have sit-down dining for between 25 and 30 people,” Forder said.

The menu will include pizza, pasta, sandwiches, chicken wings, salads and bread sticks, he said.

Forder said he owns four Domino’s franchise stores in New Richmond, Somerset, Baldwin and Rice Lake.

“We wanted to grow, but we would like to stay on the western side of Wisconsin,” Forder said. “Barron is a nice-sized town. I drive through three or four times a week. I had been thinking that, when we were able, we’d like to give Barron a try.”

Negotiations began in October and November 2018, and the property closed on Jan. 25, he added.

Forder said that when he’s ready to open, the new store will employ between seven and nine full-time drivers, three full-time assistant managers, six or seven part-time employees to answer phones and/or provide customer service, and up to eight part-time drivers.

The new owner said he worked for the Domino’s corporate office in the Twin Cities during the 1990s. He was also responsible for Domino’s stores in Michigan before he moved to New Richmond and opened his first franchise there in 2002.