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Pizza Hut in Cheltenham to close

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: April 30, 2013

By MICHAEL YONG

Pizza Hut in Cheltenham to close

Pizza Hut in Cheltenham

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PIZZA Hut is closing its restaurant in the centre of Cheltenham.

The chain has now confirmed the Promenade site will close – although would not confirm an exact date.

Japanese restaurant chain Yo! Sushi has been rumoured to be taking over the spot.

It is currently advertising for a general manager, assistant manager, head chef, and sous chef in Cheltenham.

The town will be left with only a takeaway and delivery Pizza Hut in the High Street, with the next closest restaurant in Eastern Avenue Retail Park in Gloucester.

Jimmy Karasan, who owns Le Paris cafe, opposite Pizza Hut, said he was surprised at the news.

He added: "I'd heard that it might close.

"Business has been quite quiet in the street, but we have some regulars who keep us going, which is great for us.

"I'm really surprised at the news.

"Pizza Hut has always been quite popular.

"From here, we can always see people inside Pizza Hut, but it is not incredibly busy."

A Pizza Hut spokesman confirmed it was closing.

She said: "We are still in the very early stages of discussion regarding the future plans for our Cheltenham restaurant."

But she could not reveal the number of job losses, or confirm the date of the restaurant's closure.

Town centre manager Martin Quantock said it was a prime location and was surprised at the closure.

He added: "It is a great location, more so after Boots Corner is completed.

"I would like to hope that it will be filled as quickly as possible.

"It is the perfect place for any restaurant, and if we get Yo! Sushi to replace it, that would be great.

"It is right at the junction between the High Street and the Promenade, so it is the best of both worlds.

"What is worrying is the people who might be made redundant.

"I am not sure if they will be or if the jobs might be transferred elsewhere."

Yo! Sushi has declined to comment on any plans to open a restaurant in Cheltenham.

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7 comments

  • NibNobs  |  April 30 2013, 9:45PM

    TheSpeller, I was well aware the parking enforcement was recently 'contracted out' - but they are not 'the greedy' ones, it's the COUNCIL repeat COUNCIL that are the greedy ones who clearly don't want cars in the town centre so by being greedy they will drive even more shoppers to: 1. Out of town shopping areas 2. Cribbs Causeway, Swindon Outlet etc 3. The endless growth in new or being extended supermarkets 4. The ever growing increase in internet shopping

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  • MrGarnet  |  April 30 2013, 9:11PM

    by TheSpellerTuesday, April 30 2013, 8:57PM "You need to check your facts NibNobs. CBC only ever dealt with on street parking on behalf of GCC, which has now put all its on street enforcement out to a private contractor called Apcoa." That may be so but the results are customers abandoning the Town. The more they try to bleed off us the more we will retire. Eventually nothing will be open as NO customers.

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  • TheSpeller  |  April 30 2013, 8:57PM

    You need to check your facts NibNobs. CBC only ever dealt with on street parking on behalf of GCC, which has now put all its on street enforcement out to a private contractor called Apcoa.

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  • NibNobs  |  April 30 2013, 8:11PM

    Pizza Hut now like to be in out of town shopping locations which gives them more space and gives customers free parking - like their restaurant in Eastern Avenue Gloucester. It's the way things are going. One day greedy councils like CBC who recently put pay & display parking machines on every street which used to have free short term parking will be asking where's all our parking revenue disappeared to? Whoops....they are already!

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  • thomas1996  |  April 30 2013, 10:26AM

    Pizza Hut (and Dominos) have made it SO easy to order on-line and have the food delivered to your home quickly and still hot. I think this Pizza Hut closing is a bit like pubs closing, people would prefer to eat at home with supermarket bought cheap booze & the TV + internet around them and avoid town centres at night, given the streets tend to be taken over by drunk young people staggering from pub to club. At least it won't become yet ANOTHER overpriced coffee shop!

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  • cofcleeve  |  April 30 2013, 9:34AM

    On the few times I have visited this 'eatery' in the past I found the staff very willing to serve, sadly the place itself was dirty and needed a complete clean and décor update perhaps this is why, like myself and my Family, people have stopped visiting this Pizza Hut.

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  • AndyPrestbury  |  April 30 2013, 7:39AM

    Compared to other Pizza Hut restaurants the service in the Cheltenham branch always seem very hit and miss. Some great staff some days, but more often it was just shocking. I personally no longer chose to eat in the Cheltenham branch for that reason.

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