Pizza Place Closes Location After Several BurglariesAfter several break-ins in that last year, a Grand Forks pizzaria owners says he is giving up on one of his locations. Slap Shot Pizza at the Grand Cities Mall closed two weeks ago.
By: Brady Mallory, WDAZ
After several break-ins in that last year, a Grand Forks pizzaria owners says he is giving up on one of his locations.
Slap Shot Pizza at the Grand Cities Mall closed two weeks ago. Owner Jeremy Deitz says there wasn't enough security to prevent them.
Customer: "We miss it," said customer Laurel Haake.
She and other customers noticed right away when Slap Shot pizza closed it's Grand Cities Mall location
" When they used to be in the mall, we ate there a lot," said Haake
It was a tough decision to close it, but Deitz says after three break-ins in the last eight months he had had enough.
" Nothing else I could myself. No one was putting forth any effort at the time so they couldn't get in," said Deitz.
He said a significant amount of money was stolen during one of the burglaries. At work at his remaining Gateway Drive location, Deitz said he felt the mall did not do enough to increase their security. He said there are too many blindspots in the hallways where anyone can sneak through.
" No one knew they were in the hallway. They got to take all the time they wanted."
Deitz thinks more should have been done to help keep the location open, but the manager said the Grand Cities Mall is a secure place."
" We've always worked very closely with our tenants. Our tenants feel very safe here. This is more of an isolated incident," said Mary Noel, manager of the Grand Cities Mall.
Noel said the mall has nightly security guards, lit parking lots and police surveilence. She feels the mall took steps in trying to prevent more break-ins. Expensive steps.
" A professional locksmith came out to put a code lock in. So you just type in a code so Jeremy's delivery guys wouldn't be passing keys out."
Still, Noel and Deitz could not agree on how to solve the problem. Noel says they reached out; Deitz says it wasn't enough.
" We offered to put in an alarm, safe..whatever he needed. He felt it was more important to close his store," Noel said.
" I would say they should've looked at their options prior to myself being buglarized. We upped our security..they still got in. It's not worth working our butts off."
Deitz said he might look into another location in the future. For now, he is focusing on the one on Gateway.
" It's less convenient, but it's worth it. Food is great," said Haake.