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Is Pizza Hut in Cheltenham closing to be replaced by Yo! Sushi?

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: April 16, 2013

By LAURA CHURCHILL

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RUMOURS are circulating that a Pizza Hut outlet in Cheltenham could be closing.

Staff at the store's head office would neither confirm nor deny the rumours.

But a member of staff who works at the restaurant, in the Promenade, yesterday said they had been told it was shutting.

The news fuelled rumours that it could be replaced by Yo! Sushi, which is currently advertising job vacancies for a Cheltenham store. The Japanese food chain, which said 18 months ago it wanted to move to Cheltenham, is currently advertising online for a general manager, assistant manager, head chef and sous chef for Cheltenham.

Previous negotiations over a Cheltenham branch in the town centre fell through.

Cheltenham Town Centre manager, Martin Quantock, said: "Yo! Sushi is quite a big concern so I would think they would need the space of the proper restaurant.

"It has got a very good reputation as being a high class establishment and sushi is a fashionable type of food and way of eating at the moment. We know discussion with Yo! Sushi have been had in the past and they have been keen to come to Cheltenham and so they rumours could be true.

"But I would be quite surprised that Pizza Hut wanted to close down as I thought it was doing reasonably well and there are sometimes queues to get in it at the weekends. If true Yo Sushi! will be a fantastic addition."

Mr Quantock added that the location would be prime when the Boots corner development, anticipated for this year, went ahead.

It will see changes to Cheltenham's one-way and pedestrianised areas that will bring two-way traffic in front of the Town Hall and at the eastern end of Albion Street and Oriel Road.

A spokesman for Pizza Hut, which also has a shop in the High Street, said: "We continually evaluate the location of our restaurants to ensure they are in the best possible areas to meet consumer demand and we are in the very early stages of discussion regarding the future plans for our Cheltenham restaurant."

Yo! Sushi was unable to comment.

The rumours were reported on Twitter.

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  • Driud  |  April 17 2013, 7:57PM

    Perhaps 'Primark corner' instead....? Or the place on the High Street that is cut in two by a main road..

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  • DEvans  |  April 17 2013, 4:09PM

    OK then ... Regency Corner? Spa Junction? Holst Place? Fountain head? Lower Montpellier? More ideas please..... - we can have a vote :)

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  • Walker100  |  April 17 2013, 8:35AM

    Be careful what you ask for DEvans. In this day of the perpetual marketing opportunity I have no doubts that a sponsorship deal would happen similar to the deals done on stadia which see them change names every few years.

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  • DEvans  |  April 16 2013, 3:39PM

    When CBC get their tunnel visioned way and close the prom to cars etc etc can we pease have a new name for boots corner??? This area is supposed to be the centre of the great plans and its a bit lame if we can't come up with a more prestigious name for this new hub, I am sure there are hundreds of residents, designers, marketeers and people with good ideas that could propose something more fitting more appropriate and something that leaves a legacy vs a retailers footprint. Please arrange ASAP!! Thankyou

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