The pizzeria is in the 3,200-square-foot space behind Melotte Enterprises, Mozza Roasters, and Bella Latte. It is the third installment of the concept started earlier this year off Haywood Road in Hendersonville, N.C., by entrepreneur Karen Rampey. The Drayton Mills eatery will support more than 20 jobs, Rampey said.
Rampey partnered with Jim Stenzel and Tracy and Jim Becker to open a second Pi-Squared Pizza eatery in July in Boiling Springs.
“Being a part of the revitalization of the 115-year-old Drayton Mill has been fabulous,” Rampey said. “We couldn’t be happier to be here. Everything came together very well.”
Drayton Mills Marketplace is at 1802 Drayton Road in 60,000 square feet of warehouses and a 10,000-square-foot company store built beside the mill between 1918 and the 1950s.
In addition to Pi-Squared Pizza, Melotte Enterprises, Bella Latte, and Mozza Roasters, the development has attracted Rick Erwin Dining Group’s The Standard: A Refined Kitchen, Burn Boot Camp, a regional office for Agracel, and Palmetto Proactive Healthcare.
The Marketplace complements the 289-unit Drayton Mills Lofts luxury apartment community built in the former Milliken & Co. textile mill’s spinning and weaving facilities.
“It’s a home run,” Stenzel said. “I am a developer. I was working on one of Karen’s stores and I loved her pizza so much that I wanted to open a store of my own. I think people will love this too.”
Pi-Squared Pizza’s space captures the mill’s industrial vibe, while its food pays tribute to the deep-dish style of pizza.
The space features exposed brick, original wood ceilings, steel support beams, large windows overlooking the mill pond, outdoor seating, Motown music, historic photographs, and a number of other amenities.
In addition to dine-in and take-out, the restaurant will deliver its delicious pizza to residents within a five-mile radius.
It will operate between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday.
“From day one, the energy of Karen and her team — they way they operate their business — has been incredible,” said Tara Sherbert, managing partner of Charlotte, N.C.-based TMS Development, who co-owns the Marketplace. “We knew they would be a perfect fit for the type of live, work, play community that we are hoping to establish here at Drayton.”