May 19 2013 Latest news:
By Matt Hunter
Saturday, September 1, 2012
THE national fast-food chain Domino’s Pizza is looking to replace an outgoing Wimpy restaurant, bringing with it more than 30 jobs.
The Wimpy restaurant at 52 Ipswich Street, Stowmarket, is to close at the end of the month after suffering a dip in trade since the beginning of the year.
But the space left by the outgoing restaurant could be filled after Domino’s applied for planning permission at the premises.
Cynthia Bielanowska, 21, daughter of the franchise holders, Halina and Mirek, at the Wimpy in Stowmarket, said: “We are generally not busy, not enough people coming in.
“We have not had much luck. There are not enough shops to come to in Stowmarket – there are charity shops and pubs. There’s not really much to come here for.”
The Bielanowska family had run the restaurant in the town for the past seven years.
Domino’s application states that a total of 32 members of staff would be employed – eight full-time and 24 part-time.
The takeaway would be open every day, from 9am-midnight, except for Sundays when it would open between 10am-11pm.
The application has received one letter opposing the plans saying that Stowmarket already has ample takeaway businesses and the district council should be reminded of all the small businesses in the town that are struggling.
Sharon Brown, town centre manager for the Stowmarket Town Centre Partnership, said: “It’s always sad to see a business in the town close down.
“We do not want to see more empty shops in Stowmarket. At the moment we are quite good for the level of occupancy.
“Domino’s are a national name and it is good that we will not have any empty premises.
“It’s good for the night time economy to have a known name.
“There’s a good choice in Stowmarket and both the day and night-time economy are improving.
“We do not want a clone high street but we want a balance in the town.”