Pizza Villa is moving from their current location to 145 West Bridge Street, the current Stone's Candy Shop building. The $25,000 grant will go towards the purchase of the building as Pizza Villa begins a large expansion project allowing for dining room seating, patio seating, a new building facade and several equipment upgrades. The expansion will result in the creation of 6 new full-time jobs and another 6 part time jobs.
"As we work to bring new businesses in to the City we must also assist existing businesses as well. Pizza Villa is an iconic Oswego establishment, surviving 53 years and still going strong. It is an honor to be able to assist such a thriving business that has become such a staple in this community," said Mayor Billy Barlow. "This grant funding will help with their expansion project allowing Pizza Villa to increase their product output, create several new jobs, and renovate an existing building on our major Route 104 corridor," Barlow continued. "I wish Susette and the entire Pizza Villa family and the best of luck in the future and look forward to watching them grow their business and serve the Oswego community for many more years to come."
Susette Berlin, owner of Pizza Villa, thanks Mayor Barlow and the City of Oswego for supporting their re-location and expansion project, saying the funding will help make the move easier.
"We couldn't be more proud of a local business expansion than we are of Pizza Villa. A true iconic business, for over 50 years, Sue and her staff have provided Oswego with consistently great products, a true iconic business,” said Mayor Barlow.
The funding comes from the commitment of program income through the NYS Community Development Block Grant program administered and managed by the city’s Office of Economic Development. Other projects assisted by the City recently include a major expansion project for Northland Filter, the expansion of The Good Guys Barbershop, and the re-location of LeRoi, Inc to the City of Oswego.