A new JoJo’s Pizza still is in the works for Upper Allen Township, but an opening date remains uncertain, its owner said on Nov. 7.
A second JoJo’s location is slated to open in Upper Allen Commons, a new shopping center located in the 2200 block of Aspen Drive. Upper Allen Township Board of Commissioners approved land development plans for the 5,640-square-foot strip mall in April 2016, but Nino Purpuro, owner of Upper Allen Commons and JoJo’s, said he does not have an opening date for the pizza restaurant.
“I still don’t know when it’s opening, but it’s getting closer,” Purpura said. “I just want it to be perfect. There’s no one thing holding it up. I’m just taking my time.”
In April 2016, Upper Allen Township Commissioners approved land development plans for the 5,600-square-foot strip mall, of which roughly 2,400 square feet will be used for the restaurant, according to meeting minutes. Another 3,200 square feet of the strip is earmarked for up to three other retail tenants with a minimum division space of 1,350 square feet for each unit.
Conditional approval for the new restaurant and strip mall was granted by township commissioners in November 2014. According to meeting minutes, developers were working with PPL to resolve right-of-way issues during the interim.
Purpura said he is still is seeking tenants for the other retail spaces in the center. The building’s exterior and lighting systems are completed, Purpura said, but the vacant storefronts interiors remain unfinished so they can meet the specifications of future tenants. The spaces currently are being advertised online websites through a Century21 Real Estate broker.
Purpura also owns the JoJo’s Pizza restaurant located at 107 W. Main St. in Mechanicsburg, which opened in 1968, according to its website. The popular community fixture offers specialty pizza, pasta, subs, desserts and more. In addition to longtime menu favorites, the new JoJo’s is expected to feature Farm Show milkshakes with Flavorburst selections.
Purpura said he’s expanding his JoJo’s franchise to Upper Allen because, “We’re in a good place. We thought that Upper Allen needed this and we wanted to expand.”
Although Purpura said that he’s applied for a liquor license for the new JoJo’s, “It doesn’t guarantee it means that I’m going to get it.”
In a May 2015 referendum, Upper Allen Township residents voted to allow the sale of alcohol within the township. Before that, the township was considered a dry municipality for nearly 100 years.