Domino's eyeing up Budleigh High Street?
PUBLISHED: 12:30 25 April 2016
A national pizza chain has held talks about moving into Budleigh Salterton's High Street, the Journal understands.
It is thought takeaway giant Domino’s Pizza has expressed an interest in opening a delivery and carry-out service from the town.
Domino’s Pizza this week would not deny or confirm if the rumours of any future plans regarding Budleigh were true.
A spokesperson for the pizza company said: “We cannot comment on speculation.”
However, a source within Domino’s claimed the pizza firm had held talks about moving into the town.
It is thought the proposed move would not be immediate.
The Journal was told by the source: “Talks of planning a move have started for Budleigh somewhere down the line.”
Speculation has been rife in the town, with the rumour mill claiming the pizza chain will move into the empty High Street Barclays Bank building, which closed its doors in January 2015.
The Barclays building has remained vacant for more than a year. Agents Stratton Creber Commercial are marketing the property to let.
Recent plans submitted by construction company Skinners, which is working on the property, applied to make ‘alterations to enlarge existing shopfront windows’.
Reports another charity shop had taken the vacant building have been denied.
It was thought FORCE Cancer Charity and CLIC Sargent had shown an interest in opening fundraising shops in the former bank building.
Both charities this week quashed the rumours.
A spokesman for ClIC Sargent said: “We have no plans to open a new shop in Budleigh Salterton.”
A spokesman for FORCE said: “We haven’t heard who’s moving into the old Barclays Bank.”
Budleigh’s mayor, Councillor Courtney Richards, called for more independent trade, saying it appealed to the town’s ethos.
“One of Budleigh’s selling points is having a High Street full of independent retailers,” he said. “I would much prefer to see an independent shop set up in the town.”