August 19, 2013

BIZ BUZZ: Pizza Hut adding Wing Street kitchen space

Auto glass shop opening storefront; Quality Inn updates HVAC.

by Sarah Einselen

---- — The Pizza Hut in Logansport is building additional kitchen space to add a new set of menu items: a Wing Street franchise.

"We've been planning it for some time," said Tod Erbaugh, general manager of the Pizza Hut at 3322 E. Market St. It's one of the nearly 50 Pizza Hut franchises under the Freeland franchise group based in Fort Wayne.

The Freeland franchises have all been adding Wing Street locations, Erbaugh said. The foundation for the new kitchen space was poured Aug. 9 and will provide room for one or two fryers.

The remodels should be finished later this fall, Erbaugh said. A building permit filed with the Logansport Community Development office indicated the addition would run about $70,000.

"We're looking forward to bringing some new products to our customers," said Erbaugh. That should include about three to four choices of wings, as well as a couple of new sandwiches and three to four new appetizer options.

Pizza Hut staff can be reached at 574-722-3226.


MACY — American Auto Glass is opening a storefront next to the shop at the residence the owner's family has been operating out of for the last three years.

The windshield repair service owned by Tonya Kirkwood has up to now worked with insurance companies as a home-based business, and the companies urged the family business to expand its operations to having a waiting area and public reception office.

"Hopefully we're going to add two or three more positions," said Jason Kirkwood, operations manager for his mother's business. That includes a sales position that was just filled, as well as two windshield installation positions and one potential apprenticeship.

The new public areas will be located in existing buildings on the family's property that are to be remodeled. Jason Kirkwood hopes to have the public lobby/waiting area open by early winter.

The auto glass shop's Macy address is yet to be determined, as the property is being split between the family's residence and the new business office. Staff can be reached at 888-271-1180 and the shop is working on a new website at


The Logansport Quality Inn is spending more than $87,000 to replace rooftop heating and air-conditioning units the owner says are at least two decades old.

A permit filed with the Logansport Community Development office indicated the cost of the new rooftop units would come in at about $87,623. Urvin Desai, who with brother Paul Desai owns the Quality Inn at 3550 E. Market St., said the new units would be energy efficient models, replacing units that looked like they were 20 to 25 years old.

"As time goes by, technology improves, so it's going to have an impact on our utility bills, specifically electric and gas," Desai said.

The hotel should be getting new beds and showers in the guest rooms in the near future, he said. If all goes as planned, the owners will change the carpets and furnishings in the rooms toward the end of next year, he added.

Quality Inn staff can be reached at 574-753-6351.

Sarah Einselen is news editor at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at or 574-732-5151.