Pizza delivery orders peak during Super Bowl

Sunday, February 6, 2011 | 5:23 p.m. CST; updated 7:44 p.m. CST, Sunday, February 6, 2011

COLUMBIA — Pizzerias all over Columbia are gearing up to handle one of their busiest days of the year — Super Bowl Sunday. 

Domino's employee David Hicks said the chain restaurant expected to have ten times as much business as a regular Sunday — not hard to believe, considering Hicks was in the middle of making sure a 40-pizza order was ready for delivery.

Pickleman’s Manager Jordan Starke didn't expect the recent heavy snowfall to be an issue for delivery tonight. Starke even made sure many drivers had four-wheel drive to reach some of Columbia's snowier streets. 

Like many other restaurants, Pickleman’s increased its staff dramatically to handle all incoming orders as efficiently as possible. Starke was happy to report that the restaurant's wait time during the game would remain the usual 20 to 30 minutes.

Such delivery times didn't look to be the case everywhere. Despite clean roads and more drivers, employees at Domino’s, Shakespeare’s and Wise Guys estimated their delivery wait time during the game to be anywhere from 1-3 hours — closer to three for orders placed during halftime.

A Gumby’s employee summed it up best when she said she was just too busy for questions before quickly returning to work.

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