In 1968 Tom “TJ” Askins and his Mother, Leota
Askins, opened the doors of TJs Pizza, located on the
corner of Bellefontaine and Harrison right across
from Lima Football Stadium for business. How did
Tom come up with the name? The name TJs came
from the first letter of Tom’s name and his middle name J and the rest is history! The key features were pizza and beverages served with a smile.
decided to open more locations. The next location was opened in 1974 at 4250 Elida Road as a pizza carryout with beverages, subs, chicken,
and other convenient store items.
In 1977, TJ married Marilyn Walter. Time marched on with the
addition of five children to the family. TJ wanted to spend
more time with his family, so we narrowed it down to the one
store on Elida Road.
The age of the building, over 100 years, didn’t allow for improvements, so in 1997 we moved to 2390 Baty Road, a great location with the ease of either walking in or using our drive-up window. This is where we are currently in business, constantly changing and improving the menu to meet the needs of our customers. We can’t go on without mentioning that all along the way we have always made our own pizza dough keeping the crust tasty.
TJ has now stepped back, and our son John, is now in
the leadership position taking over at TJ’s. You will still see TJ greeting customers and helping occasionally. John, grew up in the pizza business and we feel confident he will continue the tradition for many years to come.
This year marks our 50th Anniversary in the pizza business. Our success is due in part to our great family of employees, past and present. Their diligent efforts helping us along the way is deeply appreciated. We are grateful to our loyal customers for the 5-star rating on Facebook.
It has always been our goal to take care of our customers by providing high quality pizza. In closing, we would like to thank all our many customers through the years, who are part of our pizza family, for your enduring friendship. It has been and will continue to be our great pleasure to serve you.