The franchise owner of several area Pizza Ranch restaurant locations is making plans to grow.

Brandon Pratt owns locations in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, and Newton, with a new one reportedly under construction in Marion. He also recently bought one in North Liberty. He discusses in the Gazette his expansion plans for the SW Cedar Rapids restaurant at 2450 Westdale Dr. It will grow from 5,725 square feet to just under 10,000 square feet.

A FunZone arcade is also being added at that location, with around 30 games. This will add 90 more seats and four more party rooms to allow for the ability to accommodate groups. The expansion plans will also open up more jobs.

10-15 more employees could be hired to bring the total staff to 55 between full and part-time positions.

He isn't disclosing the cost of the additional seating, construction, and arcade.

The new Marion store is going to have the works from the start. Seating capacity up to 234 people, the arcade from the get-go, and the ability to accommodate group reservations of up to 76 people. He expects to hire a staff of 80 at the 6053 Carlson Way restaurant.

[Via Gazette]