New pizza franchise set to open here

Local businessman Dave Ashworth is in southwestern Ontario learning the ropes to open a new Domino’s franchise here next month.
“I’m very excited about getting back to Fort Frances and opening up,” he said Wednesday afternoon from Burlington, near Hamilton.
Ashworth and his wife, Terri, have purchased the building at 283 Scott St., the former M&S Bootery, and hope to open in time for the start of the all-Ontario boys’ hockey championship here March 22.
“We are completely gutting the building and having it done according to Domino’s specifications,” Ashworth said. “We’re working very quickly and feverishly to be open for that time.”
The blueprints are nearly finalized, and the couple now is in the process of getting the building permit and seeking tenders for the construction work.
All this in addition to 40 hours/week in franchisee training. Ashworth began the six-week course Jan. 4 and expects to be back in town shortly after Valentine’s Day.
“Fort Frances is my hometown, and I’d like to offer a quality business to consumers,” he noted. “We’re obviously very excited about the Domino’s concept.
“The product is unbelievable.”
Local residents can expect “quality, pricing, and delivery times they’re not used to,” he added. “Competition can be a healthy thing.”
Because the business will be brand new, it will have the latest in technology and design the chain has to offer.
“I’ll probably have one of the most up-to-date stores in the country,” he enthused.
Ashworth had been the owner of Jam21, a local Internet service provider, until he sold the business to Vianet in October, 2004.