A NATIONAL pizza chain has confirmed plans to set up a new takeaway business in the heart of Hailsham.
Between 25 and 35 jobs will be created ‘for local people’ when the new outlet opens up, says Domino’s Pizza.
There are 732 Domino’s stores in the UK and Ireland, and Hailsham has been identified as ‘having great potential for pizza’, according to a spokesman for Domino’s.
He added: “We are working with all parties concerned to bring a new store to the town.
“Domino’s Pizza takes its role as a responsible neighbour very seriously and our franchisees work very hard to play an active role in the community, not only by delivering great tasting pizza but also by supporting numerous local charities, groups and events.”
Malcolm Adams, Chairman of Hailsham Chamber of Commerce, gave a cautious welcome to the plan.
He told the Sussex Express: “I am sure it will be a success. Unfortunately it is the sort of business we don’t need in the High Street.
“The current occupiers of the premises [AB Mobility] who have been there a couple of years, and doing well, are being forced out and had to find new premises for their business – in St Mary’s Walk – and their shop is being taken over by Domino’s.
“The problem is that Domino’s doesn’t bring any trade to the town during the day. It is going to be another business which does the majority of its trade after 6pm which is no hope for the High Street.
“That is the most frustrating thing about it. There are plenty of other empty shops and they have chosen to go somewhere where there is a trader already.”
Mr Adams said there were ‘invigorating’ changes afoot in the town centre with some new retail outlets.
A new wine bar is opening at the former Friday Ad shop. A new off licence is also being set up, and a new boutique. The Handyman shop, a hardware store, has also moved to the town from Hampden Park, as previously reported in the Sussex Express.
An AGM for members of Hailsham Chamber of Commerce takes place at 6pm in the rooms of Freedom Leisure this Tuesday, May 8.
At the meeting, Malcolm Adams will officially step down after three successful years as chairman of the Chamber. Anton Bree from Ross & Co will become the new chairman.
Mr Adams said: “It has been a privilege and I’ve enjoyed it.I’ve met lots of lovely people through the Chamber and I will still be a member.
“But it’s someone else’s turn to bring fresh ideas to the table.”