Domino effect on high street?

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AFTER number of developments on Brackley’s ailing high street a global pizza chain is adding new hopes of a revival.

Since the opening of the bypass the town’s High Street and Market Place, despite being designated a conservation area, have been blighted by boarded up shops and empty buildings.

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But last year saw the arrival of the coffee house giant Costa; sandwich specialists Subway, and the locally inspired Court Yard Mews shopping development.

This week Dominoes Pizza have said they think the town has enough potential to invest up to £300,000 in a Brackley franchise.

Last month a planning application for the change of use was received by South Northants Council for 22 High Street.

The unit is currently occupied by the Bengal Dynasty Indian Restaurant which currently displaying a sign advertising a refurbishment programme.

A spokesperson for Domino’s Pizza said:: “Domino’s Pizza currently has 672 stores in the UK and Ireland and we continually research and review locations across the country in which to open new stores.

“We’ve identified Brackley as having great potential for pizza and have submitted a planning application for a new store on High Street.”

The spokesman said the new store could generate up to 35 local jobs and added: “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 to deliver great tasting pizza but also to support numerous local charities, groups and events.”

Jane Dean, chairman of Brackley Mean Business said “It is a multi-national, may be that will inspire people.

“But as much as I like pizza I would have preferred something different, perhaps somewhere to sit down and have a Chinese meal.”