CiCi's Pizza closing southwest Cedar Rapids location

Pizzeria exits market after 7 years in business

George Ford
Published: February 20 2013 | 10:29 am - Updated: 28 March 2014 | 11:42 am in

After seven years of operation, CiCi's Pizza across from Westdale Mall will close Sunday, Feb. 24.

Geoff Goodman, vice president of Coppell, Texas-based CiCi's, said the local franchise owner made the decision to shut down.

"We regret our franchisee's decision to close the Cedar Rapids CiCi’s location on Feb. 24, but are extremely grateful to our loyal guests throughout the years," Goodman said. "We hope to bring back our fresh pizza, pasta, salad, soup and dessert buffet to the community in the future."

The 4,700-square-foot restaurant opened in the fall of 2006.  Gerry Ambrose of Ambrose Development in Coralville, said he hopes to attract another restaurant to Edgewood Market.

"I also would be willing to subdivide the space," Ambrose said Wednesday.

CiCi's Pizza is closing as regional restaurant chain Pizza Ranch of Orange City is preparing to open a location at Westdale Drive and Williams Boulevard SW.

Brandon Pratt, who also operates the Pizza Ranch at 1610 Sycamore St. in Iowa City, expects to open his 5,700-square-foot restaurant in mid to late April. The Cedar Rapids Pizza Ranch will seat 224, employ about 75 and have a a drive-up window.

Pizza Ranch will be located across the former Target parking lot from the new west side branch of the Cedar Rapids Public Library. The new 21,000-square-foot Ladd Library, which opens at 10 a.m. Saturday, will offer amenities that the former Westdale Mall location could not offer.

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