By Carla Branch
alexandrianews.org

Toppers now open in North Del Ray Center (Photo: Katie Smythe)

The first Toppers in Northern Virginia will hold its grand opening at the North Del Ray location in Alexandria on Saturday, Dec. 2, with games, prizes and fun for the entire family. The new pizza and more restaurant is located at 3827 Mt. Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA.

Mike McLaughlin is the owner of the Alexandria Toppers. “I have a development agreement with the company to open 22 Toppers locations in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax and Manassas,” McLaughlin said. “I chose this location in Alexandria for my first location because I have owned businesses in this area and believe it is the right market for a pizza carry-out and delivery restaurant.”

McLaughlin lived in the ParkFairax area of Alexandria and previously managed Domino’s and Papa John’s pizza stores near his new Toppers location. “This area has changed a lot over the years and we are very excited about the new store,” McLaughlin said.

Toppers was founded in 1991 in Wisconsin and now has locations in 16 states. “We serve pizzas, wings and Topperstix,” said Jim Ferdenzi, the Toppers Director of Operations for Northern Virginia. “Our pizza crust is made fresh in each store every day and we use nothing but real Wisconsin cheese. We offer more than 30 toppings for our pizza and have house favorites as well as build-your-own pizzas. Our Topperstix is delicious and is also topped with real Wisconsin cheese.”

Toppers will open at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2. “The first 50 people in line will receive a pizza box with coupons good for free food every week for a year,” Ferdenzi said. “The first person in line will receive a Toppers coupon and will get free food every time he or she wears that costume into a Toppers restaurant. We expect a lot of people and a good time.”

Toppers at Cora Kelly Rec Center (courtesy photo)

The Alexandria Toppers actually opened earlier this week to train staff. “We also took pizza to the Cora Kelly Recreation Center earlier this week for the kids who participate in their after-school program,” McLaughlin said. “They loved it.”

Ferdenzi said that Toppers plans to do much more community outreach. “We want to be good neighbors and participate in the life of the community,” he said. “We have provided Alexandria police officers with ‘good deed’ cards that they can give to people who have done something good. These cards can be redeemed at Toppers for food.

“Also, someone from St. Rita’s came in the other day and asked if we could provide food for a group of children on Christmas Eve. Apparently they thought they had worked out something that fell through at the last minute. We were glad to help,” Ferdenzi said.

Toppers will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. seven days a week. Orders can be placed online. Tel: 703-838-7773

Now Hiring: Toppers is looking for drivers and other other staff. Spanish and English skills preferred. Apply here or download an application. 

Alexandria Toppers Pizza

 

 

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