State College restaurant to reopen under new ownership

The reason Little Caesars closed has not been addressed by the company or local management, but it will make a comeback.

Little Caesars Corporate Communications Manager Jill Proctor confirmed Tuesday the restaurant will reopen.

“We are pleased to announce that the store on South Atherton Street in State College will reopen under new ownership in the coming weeks,” she said. “Once the ownership transition is complete, customers will soon be able to visit the same convenient location to pick up their delicious hot-n-ready pizzas.”

The restaurant recently closed amid rumors that staff had walked out on management, though signs on the building indicated renovations would be completed.

State College borough staff said no development plans had been submitted for work at the location.

“I have not received any plans for renovations,” Health Ordinance Enforcement Officer Brian O’Donnell said Tuesday. “I have been in contact with the owners and they are undergoing a computer upgrade to the establishment. Due to their prolonged closure I have informed them that they need to notify our office for an inspection once they are ready to open back up to the public. They will also be changing ownership of the establishment in the near future.”

Tom Horgos and Robert Richards opened the Little Caesars location in September 2008, the first of three planned pizza places in Centre County, though the next two did not materialize. It is unknown who owns franchise rights in 2017 in the State College area.

Little Caesars was previously in Northland Center, but closed amid franchise restructuring in the late 1990s.

Shawn Annarelli: 814-235-3928, @Shawn_Annarelli