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Albuquerque pizza chain plans Roswell restaurant

Dion’s, a pizza chain that started in Albuquerque, has purchased property in the Roswell Pavilion Shopping Center on South Main Street and announced plans to open a location there by late 2020. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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[Note: This article has been updated to correct the address for the shopping center.]

A pizza and fast-food chain that started in Albuquerque plans to open a location in a southside Roswell retail center.

Dion’s, which serves pizza, salads and sandwiches, announced Wednesday that it intends to build a 108-seat restaurant with a pick-up window in the Roswell Pavilion Shopping Center at 1320 S. Main St.

About 50 employees are expected to be hired once the business opens in winter 2020.

“We’re committed to offering a unique product and a pleasant place for family and friends to share a meal,” Mark Herman, Dion’s chief executive officer, said in a news release. “We’re excited to become part of the Roswell community.”

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The chain was founded by Jon Patten and his fellow Michigan native Bill Scott in 1978. It has since grown to include 24 locations in New Mexico, Colorado and Lubbock, Texas. A 25th location is expected to open in Santa Fe later this summer.

City of Roswell documents indicate that Jon Patten with Slice Pie LLC of Albuquerque submitted a building permit on June 7. The permit indicates that the restaurant is estimated as a $1.5 million location.

Chaves County property records indicate that Slice Pie purchased the 25,000-square-foot parcel within the shopping center and at the corner of South Main and West Wildy streets for its restaurant. The parcel was estimated to have an actual value of $137,000 in 2019.

The Roswell Pavilion center, which sits on about 6 acres, is expected to undergo transformation in the future. It was purchased by a group of companies controlled by Joshua Skarsgard of Albuquerque, who filed site plans with the city of Roswell to consolidate certain sections of the property, create “outparcels” for sale and eventually upgrade tenant spaces and improve the center.

The center used to be the site of a large Skeen Furniture store and warehouse, which has been empty for about four years. Current tenants are a Little Caesar’s Pizza, O’Reilly Auto Parts and Kana Clothes. A Walgreen’s store at the corner of South Main and McGaffey is also connected to the center, on property owned by Main/McGaffey LLC, which has a Deerfield, Illinois, mailing address, according to county records.

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 311, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.

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Lisa Dunlap is a general assignment reporter for the Roswell Daily Record.