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Tampa Bay Express wins a crucial vote; New style of pizza coming to Lutz; If you’re getting a different edition today, here’s why; Lutz pharmacy rewarded for its job growth

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    By Kevin

    A new pizza joint is set to open this sum-mer at Northgate Square in Lutz.

    Uncle Maddios, located at 3949 VanDyke Road in Lutz, plans to open its doorsin late August; it replaces the now-vacantJohnstons Hallmark store next to the PublixSuper Market.

    It will be the first of five Tampa area loca-tions for the create-your-own, fast-casualpizza franchise.

    The 3,500-square-foot dine-in restaurantwill also feature a 300-square-foot built-in re-cessed patio.

    Franchisee Mike Mateo, a first-timerestaurant owner, said construction on theleasing area will begin within the nextweek.

    Were waiting for some permits, but itsa process, Mateo said. Were turning whatused to be a dry retail location into a wetretail location with it being restaurantspace.

    The restaurant will be open every dayfrom 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., but Mateo said hemay alter the hours depending on customerfeedback.

    Uncle Maddios is labeled as a next gen-eration pizza restaurant, allowing customersto build their own pizza exactly to their lik-ing. Individual-sized pizzas are cooked infast-baked ovens and typically served inabout six minutes. Patrons can choose fromone of three crusts, 48 different toppingsand six different sauces. Create-your-ownsalads and toasted Foldwich sandwichesare available, too.

    Mateo said he fell in love with the con-cept after visiting a Tallahassee location, andbelieved the pizza chain would find success

    in the Tampa area.They have a great product, and theyre

    very consistent on the product and the serv-ice, said Mateo, a retired division vicepresident for ATM technology companyDiebold. What drew me to the concept wasthat we were wowed from beginning toend.

    We love the freshness of the ingredi-ents; the fact that you can create your own(pizza), the ambiance and the energy of theUncle Maddios restaurants is just unique.

    Mateo already has named Rich Richesonas the Lutz restaurants general manager, andAnna Stevenson as the assistant generalmanager.

    Those are the two key employees, andonce they get trained...we should start re-cruiting the staff, he said, adding he plans tohave a total of 30 to 40 mostly part-time em-ployees.

    Unlike other well-known pizza chains,Uncle Maddios has no drive-thru or deliv-

    By Kathy

    Pasco County commissioners rewarded aLutz startup pharmacy service for adding atleast 26 full-time jobs to the local economy.

    Crestmark Pharmacy Services LLC re-ceived an incentive payout of $104,000through a jobs agreement approved by com-missioners at their June 21 meeting in NewPort Richey.

    Since opening in 2015, the company hashired 24 employees.

    That number could rise to 30 or more,according to Randall McElheney, companymanager.

    Were happy to be in Pasco County, saidMcElheney.

    Crestmark Pharmacy is located at 1860Highland Oaks Blvd., in Lutz. The companyprovides prescription medications to long-term care patients at nursing homes.Services also include information technolo-gy solutions for caregivers, consultations,and infusion therapy.

    The Pasco Economic DevelopmentCouncil reviewed the companys applica-tion and found that it qualified for theincentive program.

    Under county ordinance, companiesmust create a minimum of 10 jobs within ayear. Salaries must be greater than the aver-

    age wage in Pasco County, and at least 51percent of products and services must besold outside of the county.

    County officials see the economic im-pact from jobs at Crestmark Pharmacy as agenerator of additional jobs, indirectly.Estimates are for 17 more jobs locally atother businesses and 13 more jobs in othercounties, for a total of 56 jobs.

    Crestmark Pharmacy also is adding goodpaying jobs at an average annual salary ofabout $60,000 per employee. At 26 employ-ees, total annual wages paid by thecompany would be about $1.3 million.

    Lutz pharmacy rewarded for its job growth

    COURTESY OF UNCLE MADDIOSMike Mateo and his wife, Ada, are the owners of the Uncle Maddios, 3949 Van Dyke Road inLutz. They signed a five-unit agreement with the franchise last year, and have plans of open-ing the other restaurants throughout North Tampa and Pasco County.

    New style of pizza coming to Lutz

    See PIZZA, page 11A

    By Kathy

    A hard-fought, often passionate battleover Tampa Bays transportation futureended with a vote in favor of building theTampa Bay Express.

    The project calls for 90 miles of new tolllanes on Interstate 275 from St. Petersburgto Wesley Chapel, along Interstate 4 to PlantCity, and south on Interstate 75 to ManateeCounty.

    The project is seen by many in Pasco

    Tampa Bay Express wins a crucial voteVehicles stack upnear ramps onto andoff Interstate 75 inPasco County. Theinterchange is nearTampa PremiumOutlets and an activedevelopment area fornew shops andrestaurants.Supporters of TampaBay Express hopethe transportationproject will ease con-gestion.FILE PHOTOSee EXPRESS, page 11A

    By Diane KortusPublisher

    With todayse d i t i o n ,were re-aligning the distributionof our papers to bettermatch up with the com-munity where you live.The changes primarily af-fect two areas:

    If you have a Lutz address and live inPasco County, beginning today you will re-ceive The Lutz News instead of The Land OLakes edition of The Laker. These familieslive north of County Line Road and south ofState Road 54. At the same time, our 45 busi-ness locations and boxes on the south sideof State Road 54 in Pasco County now willbe stocked with The Lutz News.

    If you have a Land O Lakes address andhave been receiving the WesleyChapel/New Tampa edition of The Laker, be-ginning today you will receive the Land OLakes edition of The Laker. These familieslive north of State Road 54 along WesleyChapel Boulevard in the subdivisions ofStagecoach Village, The Enclave and CypressEstates.

    People who live in Grand Oaks, who alsohave a Land O Lakes address, will continueto receive our Wesley Chapel edition be-cause of their close proximity to theInterstate 75/Wesley Chapel community.

    We view these changes as course correc-tions to our distribution, which will allow usto publish, more precisely, news stories per-tinent to where you live. This means readersliving south of State Road 54 now will re-ceive more news about their hometown ofLutz, and readers living north of State Road54 will receive more news about theirhometown of Land O Lakes.

    Welcome New ReadersIn addition to adjusting these bound-

    aries, this week were also welcomingseveral new areas to our home delivery.

    In Wesley Chapel, we now deliver to fam-ilies living in Estancia and and in the SilverLeaf area of Seven Oaks. In Lutz, we are wel-coming families in Long Lake Ranch.

    In Land O Lakes, we have increasedhome delivery in Ballantrae, have added TheWoodlands and also have added two subdi-visions in Connerton Taylor MorrisonsGardenia Glenn and Homes by WestBay.

    Our new home delivery totals 1,000households an astounding, one-week in-crease in circulation, especially whencontrasted to daily newspapers that regular-ly report double-digit circulation losses.

    Adding in our East Pasco circulation, TheLaker/Lutz News is now delivered to 44,800homes and businesses. Surprising to many,

    PUBLISHERS NOTEIf youre getting adifferent editiontoday, heres why

    See EDITION, page 11A

    KEVIN WEISS/STAFF PHOTOUncle Maddios will be opening in Lutz thisAugust. It will be the first of five stores thatwill eventually open in Tampa.

    See PHARMACY, page 11A

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