Little Caesars Pizza aims for slice of Newcastle fast food market

Opening Monday: Little Caesars Pizza, 684 Hunter Street, Newcastle West.
Opening Monday: Little Caesars Pizza, 684 Hunter Street, Newcastle West.

Did somebody say “pizza”?

Newcastle gains a new competitor in the fast food industry from Monday, July 16, when the Little Caesars pizza chain opens its first store in the Hunter at 684 Hunter Street in Newcastle West at 11am.

The location was previously occupied by Pizza Hut, sharing the building with major tenant, KFC.

Among Little Caesars’ major competitive advantages: it’s famous 12-inch “Hot-n-Ready” cheese or pepperoni pizza, available in-store for immediate take-away.

Those two Hot-n-Ready pizza options will be on offer for in-store pick-up during opening week in Newcastle for $3.95.

The Hot-n-Ready pizza range is regularly priced at $5 throughout the company’s Australian stores.

It will also be offering delivery. Current delivery prices for its full range of pizzas start from $11 (cheese).

Besides pizza, the Little Caesars menu includes sides of chicken wings (eight flavour options including peri peri and garlic parmesan), Italian cheese bread (10 slices), and cinnamon bites (freshly baked bread topped with cinnamon and sugar then drizzled with white icing).

The Newcastle store will be open from 11am every day, closing at 10pm Sunday through Wednesday and 11pm Thursday through Saturday.

Little Caesar’s adds weight to Newcastle’s burgeoning convenience food zone. Within two blocks of the intersection of Hunter and Steel streets consumers can choose among McDonald’s, KFC, Domino’s, Antojitos, Papa’s Bagels and Bao Brothers.

Marketown shopping centre offers several convenient food options, including Harry’s Schnitzel Joint, Henny Penny, Steel St Fish Market, Maya Cuisine, Subway, Sushi Koo, Toto Sushi and Noodle Paradise. 

Little Caesars is the third biggest pizza chain in the world. The Newcastle store is its eighth location in NSW (the other seven are in Sydney). The company plans to have 15 stores in Australia by the end of 2018.

Little Caesars Australian director Ernest Koury says, “Our 12-inch pizza is over 40 per cent larger than most other 10-inch large pizza – that’s equivalent to 3.5 more slices at Little Caesars.”