It’s happening. Giordano’s Pizza is coming to Omaha.

On Thursday afternoon, a publicist for the Chicago deep-dish pizza chain confirmed news delivered earlier in the day via company social media.

“We are definitely coming,” said Jessica Wenson, marketing manager for Giordano’s.

Wenson said a team visited Omaha to begin scouting locations; right now, there is no set location or timeline to when the restaurant will open.

Her statement came approximately two hours after Giordano’s posted an image of executives posing for a photo in front of the CenturyLink Center. They wore Giordano’s shirts and held up pizza boxes.

The post read: “Omaha, we are coming! Here is our executive team, searching for the best Giordano’s location in Omaha, while taking in the sights of your beautiful city!”

In November, the pizza chain held a fan vote on social media, asking voters to help pick a new location. Omaha won the poll, beating out Des Moines, Cincinnati, Dallas and Houston.

The pizza chain last commented on the status of an Omaha restaurant on March 28, responding to a tweet by saying “We don’t have any plans at the moment, but Omaha is most definitely on our radar!”

That statement, apparently, was a delay tactic.

“We are super excited to finally share the news,” Wenson said. “The response from Omaha has been overwhelming.”

Founded in 1974, Giordano’s has restaurants in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada and Ohio, according to its website.

With 68 locations, it is the largest and most widespread of three well-known Chicago deep-dish franchises. Lou Malnati’s has 55 locations, all but three in the Chicago area. Most of the 13 Gino’s East locations are in the Chicago area, with plans for franchises in Michigan, Arizona and Tennessee.

Chris Peters covers the Henry Doorly Zoo and writes feature stories for The World Herald's Living section. Follow him on Twitter @_ChrisPeters. Phone: 402-444-1734.

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