Photo by Alexander Willis
BY ALEXANDER WILLIS
Red 7 Pizza will be permanently shutting its doors this weekend, with Saturday being its last day of operation.
The pizza restaurant opened its Spring Hill location in November of last year, but due to low sales numbers, staff has decided to close up shop.
The entire staff of the Spring Hill Red 7 Pizza location has been offered positions in the original Red 7 Pizza location in Columbia, according to staff.
“Spring Hill’s got a lot of restaurants, so I understand that there’s a lot of competition around here,” said Red 7 Pizza general manager Eli Marino, son of the restaurant’s co-creator, Paul Marino. “It’s a growing city, but there’s a lot of people who work out of Spring Hill, and not as many that stick around to eat in town during the day, so it’s a tough market for restaurants.”
The original Red 7 Pizza in Columbia was started by songwriters Paul Marino and Jeremy Johnson, who met through three-time platinum record producer Greg Nelson. Opening in 2015, the first location sold more than 50,000 pizzas in its first few months, which later lead to expanding to Spring Hill.
“The biggest reason is that we just weren’t doing enough sales, and so our cost of operation was higher than our revenue,” Eli said. “You can do that for so long, but you can’t keep taking a loss. We had no corporate overhead to help us pay through that.”
Red 7 Pizza will be open through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.