Pizza Wars Continue: Little Casears Hits Albertville, Pizza Hut in St. Michael

Two national chains are coming to town, just in time for a pizza-filled holiday season.

In the "old" days, nearly everyone remembers the little guy from the Little Casears commercial and his "Pizza! Pizza!" tagline.

Today, Little Caesars has changed its lineup a little bit, offering cheap pizzas instead of the old two-for-one deal that made it a household hit in the 1980s and 90s.

It's a bit more like a $5 Pizza.

Albertville residents will find out soon enough, as Little Caesars has laid claim to the open spot in the strip mall in front of Coborn's, right next to Goin' Postal.

The store hopes to up and running by the New Year.

Meanwhile, another national chain is open for business in St. Michael.

Pizza Hut has taken up residence in the Colonial Mall, completing a remodel of the former library space.

The Pizza Hut Express will have pizzas to go, delivery options and a carryout area. They also carry a full line of wings and pastas. 

The store opened Thanksgiving weekend.

The two new sites have brought the question, "How many pizza joints does St. Michael-Albertville need?"

The community has national chains like Domino's, Pappy Murphy's and now Pizza Hut.

Local chains, such as Jimmy's and $5 Pizza, have also found a home here.

Plus, family-owned shops are run at Andy's Hometowne, D's Family Pizza and JR's in St. Michael.

*NOTE: This article has been corrected to reflect the proper location of the new Pizza Hut. St. Michael Patch regrets the error and any confusion it might have caused. 

LeeAnn Wilmes December 02, 2011 at 09:08 PM
Pappa Murphy's is the best.
Jessica December 02, 2011 at 09:17 PM
Out of curiosity, how many pizza places do we have in St. Michael and Albertville combined? And how does this stack up against other communities? It seems to me we really like our pizza around here. ;-)
Yvonne December 02, 2011 at 09:26 PM
St. Michael/Albertville. The Pizza Place capital of the world.
Yvonne December 02, 2011 at 09:30 PM
Wish we would get a nice coffee shop or something like that. Caribou in Albertville is nice, but we could do with another one too.
Laura Nielsen December 02, 2011 at 10:35 PM
Didn't know Pizza Hut was opened. Heading over there for supper tonight! Thanks for the info!
323 December 03, 2011 at 03:50 AM
What would be great is a Dunn Brothers in the old Thrifty White spot. Excellent meeting place, big enough, great coffee and atmosphere...Bring it!
Mike Schoemer (Editor) December 03, 2011 at 04:42 AM
Jess - check the article. I think the only one I missed is Pizza Man in Albertville.
Angela Norby December 03, 2011 at 01:58 PM
I think the pizza clash is on over kill now with little ceasars moving in!!! Aaaugh!! If you know anybody with the financial ability....open a Panera!!! Preferably in Albertville because of mall traffic.
Mike December 03, 2011 at 03:30 PM
Chipotle.... that is what is needed.... : )
Jennifer December 03, 2011 at 05:58 PM
Would love to see a well established chain such as Noodles or Panera that would offer more variety and healthier options.
Cyrus December 03, 2011 at 09:07 PM
I agree with Mike we need Chipotle
Willow December 04, 2011 at 05:27 AM
Chipotle gets my vote!
Janice December 04, 2011 at 02:12 PM
The Dunn Brothers in the Albertville Mall (Promonade side) didn't make it because of poor managment by the franchisee, their Maple Grove location suffered too. I wish we could get a Dunn Brothers or a Chipotle in the Thrifty Way location. I love pizza but come on, this is overkill.
Donna December 04, 2011 at 02:29 PM
I find this article miss leading. Pizza Hut is not in the old bakery area. It is in the old library in the Colonial Mall. The way the article reads "small pizzas to go" makes a person think it is a Pizza Hut similar to those in Target. Which is not true. It is a full carrier out or deliver location. They also have their line of "Wings and Things". I wish them success! I agree with bring on the Panera!!!!!
Mike Schoemer (Editor) December 04, 2011 at 03:07 PM
Donna, My mistake on the location. I will fix that.
Bill T December 04, 2011 at 10:02 PM
Chipotle, Panera, Noodles - any one of those would be great to have in the neighborhood. Enough with the Pizza.
Marla Scherber December 05, 2011 at 04:54 PM
Pizza and Prescriptions....enough! SM needs someplace nice to sit down and eat. Albertville already has D.Michael B's and Perkins. SM needs a Caribou--and a Chipotle, and maybe a TGIFridays !
SP December 06, 2011 at 02:07 AM
I would love it if St. Michael would add a Noodles and a coffee place with a drive through for the early mornings...Yummy!! As far as a nice sit down place my family has been going to the St. Michael Legion-Liberty Restaurant and Bar. We've had some really good meals there. We've been going alot on Tuesday nights for the kids/Bingo night. My daughter loves the Bingo and my husband and I like the half price kids meals. Also have had good experiences with the Sunday brunch. There is so much food, and it's reasonably priced as far as bunches go. While I think there are some kinks still working out as they learn the ropes, we've all in all had great experiences and will keep going back when we want to go out for a nice family meal.
Birdie December 06, 2011 at 08:50 PM
When the new Thrifty White was built, and the old Main St was torn down we were promised a new cafe (am I the only one who remembers the St. Michael Cafe?!) As part of the city building outline they promoted a cafe - only to be quickly filled by an eyeglass store that still currently sits there today after it had been built. I think a cafe would be a great addition to the St. Michael community and hope that the city finally lives up to their promise.
Al Heitkamp December 07, 2011 at 02:43 AM
We have such good memories of the St. Michael Cafe. Our girls were little and they always loved going the the cafe after mass on Sunday mornings. A new cafe would be a great addition to the area.
Leah December 07, 2011 at 05:57 PM
I used to work at a small soup and sandwich shop and they received a phone call several years ago from someone asking if they would open another location in the Cornerstone building. They weren't interested and while I didn't hear any details, I would assume that a lease in that building would be way more than a family-owned cafe/deli/coffee shop could afford and that is probably why there hasn't been any food-type place in there.
Andy Thompson December 07, 2011 at 07:42 PM
I counted 18 places you can get pizza from/delivered to you in the STMA area. But when you serve the best it doesn't matter how many there are. Andy T. Hometowne Pizza =)
Janice December 07, 2011 at 07:57 PM
Birdie, I remember the Cafe very well and I was from a far away place, Brooklyn Center. As a child, we used to take frequent trips out to the country to visit my Dad's cousin (Chester Kottke) and to fish on the Crow River from Harold & Edna Hackenmuller's yard by the old mill in Hanover. I enjoyed many a Sunday dinner at the St. Michael Cafe, it was wonderful home cooking; what a treat. I've lived in STM for a long time now, because I love it. I fear we are loosing the wonderful charm that makes STM a special place to live. I would love to have a local Cafe to take my grandchildren too. I do wish someone would listen, enough drug stores, and pizza places. Let's try to keep STM a place people want to stay at for dinner and shopping, not leave from and take $$ out of the area. Janice Saenger
Ken December 10, 2011 at 01:04 AM
Enough of the chains. I would like to see another cafe in St Michael like the city promised was going back in after the destruction of the downtown. Did the City mislead us again? Gee, hard to believe. My guess is with a city full of people who only want the chains ( Chipotle, Dunn Bros etc ) it would be hard for an old fashion cafe with good prices and great food to stay in business . If you want the chains you can move back to Maple Grove!
missyme January 31, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Little Caesars just opened. Going to try it tonight instead of cooking!
Ally November 16, 2012 at 04:48 PM
This place was great when it first opened. But now the quality of food has gone down. Me and my family got a pizza a few weeks ago and the crust had fallen apart. Also i have heard some bad stories from previous workers that say if you want food poisoning go ahead and eat there. I wouldn't recommend eating there at all.
Bex November 16, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Well said, Ken!


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