A Charlottesville-based pizza joint wants a slice of the Richmond market.
Christian Tamm and Andrew Vaughn are opening a Christian’s Pizza location at 7003-A Three Chopt Road inside the Village Shopping Center in March.
The 2,700-square-foot store off Three Chopt Road previously was home to a Cheeburger Cheeburger restaurant and will be the first Christian’s Pizza to open outside of the Charlottesville area.
Tamm came up with the concept in 2000 and has since helped launch four locations around Charlottesville.
Vaughn owns Rapture Restaurant & Nightclub in Charlottesville, which he launched in 1998, and owned a Christian’s Pizza near the University of Virginia before selling it in 2008.
“I loved the concept,” Vaughn said. “Honestly, I missed it.”
Jim Ashby, a broker with Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer, represented Regency Centers, which owns the Martin’s-anchored Village Shopping Center.
“As a landlord, you want to find a known user who has multiple locations in a market,” Ashby said.
Vaughn would not say what it’s going to cost to bring a Christian’s Pizza to Richmond but did say he expects to hire between 15 and 20 full- and part-time workers.
Christian’s Pizza specializes in pizza by the slice but also sells whole pies. Prices for a slice range from $2 to $4, depending on the toppings.
In addition to the prices, Vaughn said he hopes the specialty pizzas, with toppings including feta and avocado, will draw in University of Richmond students and the residents of the Three Chopt area.
Still, Vaughn acknowledged Christian’s Pizza will have its share of competition as it vies to gain a foothold in Richmond.
“We’re not going to put anyone out of business or anything like that,” he said.