8:00am Wednesday 9th October 2013
By Cara Cunningham
ANGRY residents have blasted a decision by a national takeaway pizza chain to open a store in Knutsford.
After a two-year wait, Domino’s Pizza has confirmed its plans to open up in the town.
In 2012, the national pizza chain announced it wanted to turn the former Stafford UPVC Windows Limited and Hotspring Spa showroom on Malt Street into one of its takeaway outlets.
However, the plans were met with disapproval from nearby residents and when Cheshire East Council determined part of the plans were invalid, proceedings came to a halt.
But last month, Domino’s came back to announce that they will be opening a new store soon – but the location remains a mystery.
Franchisee owner Mike Racz, who owns 14 other stores mostly in the North East, told the Guardian is keeping his cards close to his chest.
“We are opening hopefully by the end of the year, subject to negotiations,” he said.
Hungarian Mike, an award-winning franchisee, also explained his reasons behind the move to Knutsford.
“It’s a nice area, such a lovely little place and very easy to deliver around,” he added.
“It has a nice theme to it and is very beautiful.”
Interest in the new store has been on the increase since the ‘Domino's Pizza Knutsford’ Facebook page was set up last month – but not all of the comments have been complimentary.
Many of the objections seem to stem from the belief that there is no market for the takeaway outlet in Knutsford.
Louise Kinns, said: “Knutsford's losing its character with all these big names moving in, not a fan,” while another user posted: “What a horrendous idea! Hope plans get rejected.”
However, judging by other comments, the pizza store has also gained a lot of support and at the time of going to press, the page had 423 likes in the space of just three weeks.
Many users are eager to find out when and where exactly the store will open and reject the claim that the outlet would not benefit the town.
One user in support of the store, Simon Wakeford, said: “I think we should just be grateful that companies are willing to invest in Knutsford. Yes we have lots of different providers of food but that provides choice.”
Another user, David Morgan, added: “How is Knutsford losing its character because Dominos wants to open in an eyesore unit, tucked away from the high street, that has been closed for god knows how long? It's not like they're moving into the Gaskell Tower.”
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