Mackenzie River Pizza new store construction

A crane lifts a gluelamb beam onto the Mackenzie River Pizza shell under construction on the north side of Alaska Road by I-90.

After doing business for 22 years on Main Street,  Belgrade’s Mackenzie River Pizza restaurant needs more room and is preparing to move elsewhere in the community.

Kurt McManis, who with his wife, Jenna, have owned and operated the local franchise for 6-1/2 years. He said on Wednesday that the new location will double the size of the restaurant. And, he said, Jenna McManis, who runs the business, plans to almost double the current staff size of 32 fulltime and part-time employees.