Even Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey couldn’t stop Domino’s in West Orange from progressing.

Kathy Brown, franchise owner along with her husband, Randy, said they had three feet of water in their former store on MacArthur Drive. The old store, however, was demolished to make room for a new store. They held a grand opening and ribbon cutting on July 7 at the same location that will have the same address.

“It was heartbreaking to tear down our first store,” she said.

But something good rose from the ashes.

The new store has 2,000 square feet versus the old store being 1,200 square feet. A drive thru has been added, along with a new and improved prep area, new and larger coolers, a training room, new flooring, a new design, a sit down area and a pizza theater/party room that can be used at no charge if it’s reserved and food is purchased at the restaurant. There is also WiFi and three television sets mounted.

Ford Mims demonstrates how the stand center works at the new Domino’s in West Orange. Kids can step up and watch their pizza being made. They held a grand opening and ribbon cutting on July 7 at the location on MacArthur Drive.

There’s also a stand center with a step so kids can watch their pizza being made.

“This (West Orange location) was the first Domino’s in Southeast Texas,” she said. “My husband has been in the business for 40 years, I’ve been in for 36 years. We can celebrate 35 years in West Orange.

“He had franchises in Ohio before he came to Texas. We own 11 stores, seven are in the Golden Triangle and for are towards Houston. Most Dominos are franchises. Our kids grew up in the pizza business. Two of our three children work in the pizza business. When we first started there wasn’t 1,000 stores. Now there are 15,000 stores worldwide.”

Consequently, all of their stores are hiring for all positions.

The Bridge City Dominos will also undergo some remodeling with a new training room and a dine in area.

“It’s been a long 10 months getting back, but we’re bigger and better,” Brown said.