clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Will OTTO's Yarmouth Expansion Precipitate Pizza War?

Or can the town handle four pizzerias within a mile?

Andy's Handy Store is being renovated by new owners for new businesses, including OTTO.
Andy's Handy Store is being renovated by new owners for new businesses, including OTTO.
Andy Smith-Petersen/Flickr

In its announcement that OTTO Pizza will be opening a new location at the renovated Andy's Handy Store in Yarmouth later this year, the Press Herald predicts a pizza war. "The arrival of Otto Pizza will leave the town of 8,400 residents with four pizzerias within one mile of one another," the paper explains.

One of the existing three is directly next door to the OTTO's planned space, and You Wanna Pizza Me owner/chef Ed Horvath isn't happy that the local chain seems to want a piece of him. He told the Press Herald, "I really don't think it's right for them to put a pizza shop next to a pizza shop."

A study published recently by the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that from 2003 to 2010, American kids were consuming less fast food, including pizza. Yarmouth pizzerias, including Route 1 restaurants Pat's Pizza and Romeos, may indeed feel the squeeze of increased competition.

You Wanna Pizza Me

365 Main St, Yarmouth, ME 04096

Pat's Pizza

791 U.S. 1, Yarmouth, ME 04096 (207) 846-3701 Visit Website

Romeos Pizza & Sports Pub

438 Route 1, Yarmouth, ME 04096 (207) 846-1473 Visit Website