Domino's rolling in dough as takeaway grabs pizza the action
PUBLISHED: 10:54 11 September 2014 | UPDATED: 11:34 11 September 2014
Business is booming at Great Dunmow's newly-opened Domino's Pizza restaurant - but residents are still unhappy.
The takeaway giant opened its doors in Station Road on Monday last week and restaurant manager Josh Pell hailed its popularity.
He said: “It’s been very busy, much more than we anticipated and looking at the number of sales we made last week, we can see there is a demand for Domino’s in Dunmow.”
As well as going down a treat for some in the town, Domino’s has also provided jobs for local people, and Mr Pell is still looking for new recruits. “We hired 20 people from Dunmow, and I’m still looking for another four or six members of staff,” he added.
Although people are flocking in droves to the new pizza takeaway, some residents on Station Road still have concerns over the delivery and collection traffic on the residential road.
Mr Pell said that nearly 65 per cent of customers chose to collect their orders, rather than have them delivered. There are only has three car parking spaces in front of the shop, meaning customers may be forced to park on the road.
A Station Road resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said that motor and human traffic had increased dramatically since Domino’s opened.
He said: “The traffic is really busy, for the first time since we’ve lived here the cars are double parked on that section of the road. The traffic is really noticeable, and the drivers come down at quite a speed.”
Although some residents remain opposed to the new takeaway, another Station Road resident, who also did not want to be identified, said he did not know what all the fuss was about.
“I’ve never really had a problem with Domino’s opening that close to us,” he said. “The road forks on the way to the Industrial Estate so the delivery vehicles don’t park on our side of the street.”
The decision to grant permission to open a Domino’s in Dunmow was controversial. In August 2013, the planning committee at Uttlesford District Council unanimously rejected the application, with Cllr Vic Ranger claiming the presence of the pizza chain would have a detrimental effect on residents of Station Road.
Domino’s eventually won their appeal against the council’s decision in February 2014.