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The Pita Pit store prototype design | Pita Pit

“Fresh Thinking, Healthy Eating” is the mindset behind a new fast casual restaurant that is setting up shop in Downtown Duluth. Pita Pit plans to open their first Duluth location in the new Maurices headquarters at 425 West Superior St. in November.

Pita Pit was founded in 1995 in Canada by John Sotiriadis and Nelson Lang. The duo wanted to open a fast casual restaurant that offered a healthy alternative with a Mediterranean inspired menu. In just 15 years Pita Pit grew from one single location to over 500 locations in 11 different countries. In Minnesota the company currently has three locations including one at the Mall of America in Bloomington and two others in Mankato and Brooklyn Park.

Think of Pita Pit as the Subway of the Pita world. Customers begin by selecting a type of meat, such as philly cheesesteak, falafel, chicken souvlaki or other Mediterranean inspired meats. From there they can add toppings by choosing from a selection of cheeses, vegetables and sauces.

When Pita Pit opens in November the street level of Maurice’s brand new headquarters will be completely leased with Blue Cross Blue Shield and Minnesota Power Employees Credit Union filling the remaining spaces. One 6,100 square foot office or retail space remains on the skyway level.


Maurice's unveils new headquarters design

New designs have been unveiled for a $70 million project will be located on the 400 block of West Superior Street in Downtown Duluth. The project, designed by RSP Architects, had no formal name prior today's unveiling but now will be referred to as simply "Maurice's Headquarters." The building will stand 11 stories tall, 4 shorter than the 15 story structure that was originally planned. The project has also been downsized in square footage, down to 200,000 square feet of space from the 300,000 originally planned. Maurice's will occupy the upper floors, with levels three through six housing a 500 space parking ramp that will be owned by the city of Duluth. The street level will be home to retail space and one of those spaces will be home to National Bank of Commerce's new branch office; they'll move a few blocks from down the road when the space is ready in 2015. The additional retail space has yet to be committed to. It however will not be home to a Maurice's store as originally rumored, but rather a coffee shop and restaurant are hoped to fill some of the space.

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