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Posted on Feb 2, 2016

Pita Pit coming to downtown Quincy

Hungry diners will have one more option to fill their bellies in Quincy come February.
Pita Pit is moving to downtown Quincy, at the corner of Central Avenue South and D Street. It will be open by mid-February, said Brandon Schaapman, co-owner of the new franchise.
Schaapman, a native Quincy man and a Quincy High School graduate, has joined forces with his cousin, Joel Martin, to open the business. Martin has lived in the area the past five years.
Schaapman said he was sitting in the Pita Pit in downtown Ephrata one day when he decided he was tired of driving to the nearby town to get his flatbread sandwich fix.
“I thought, ‘Let’s give it a try,'” he said of opening the Quincy location.
Large “coming soon” window covers were put up on the building last week, attracting much attention in the community. Inside, renovations on the corner space are coming along nicely, Schaapman said.
A grand-opening celebration is planned for Feb. 22, Schaapman said. He plans to create a festive event for the opening, he said.
“We’re just going to make one heck of a day of it,” Schaapman said.
Schaapman said he and Martin have received much positive feedback about the new business already from the community.
“Which is just making us excited to open up,” he said.
Originally started in Canada, Pita Pit is a fast-growing franchise that uses fresh ingredients in its flatbread-style sandwiches. Today there are more than 240 Pita Pits across the nation and some 580 worldwide, according to the company’s website. The U.S. operation is based in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

— By Jill FitzSimmons, editor@qvpr.com

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