Domino's Pizza plans Bank heist

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Domino's, the pizza chain that grabbed headlines by planning to open on the moon, is trying to top that by opening in Honor Oak.

The company has lodged an application with Lewisham Council to convert the Old Bank from a restaurant to a takeaway. There's nothing wrong with Domino's - they fill a hole - but it would be a shame to lose a local restaurant space, especially one with real potential.

28 comments:

johop said...

Sad but true we ave received a letter informing that a planning application has been made to turn 76-78a Honor Oak Park (The Old Bank) into a Domino Pizza. We live above the Old Bank and do not welcome this proposal. Would appreciate others thoughts. Objections can be raised (as we plan to!!) with Lewisham Planning Service (Application No. DC/11/78332

Anonymous said...

What's in this for dominos? It's not as though they require particularly beautiful or spacious premises. There must be cheaper locations they could use which have equal passing footfall

Anonymous said...

Fantastic news. Very much looking forward to it. One of the few chains who can rival the similarly named Dominics Pizza of Brockley Road.

Awaits torrent of mung nimbyism...

Anonymous said...

Really? While I respect the views from the person living above the property, that would be great news for the area. Not suprising given the transport links coming in and Domino's will encourage more business, more people and gradually push up property prices. Fab news!

Anonymous said...

'Dominos will encourage more business'
Eh? How?

'very much looking forward to it'
Why? Dominos already deliver to this area from their New Cross branch. It's not like this offers anything new.

Anonymous said...

Property prices? THAT's your main concern? How about a decent place to live that actually has some good places to eat instead of mediocre chains?

Anonymous said...

Sign the petition here: http://www.petitiononline.co.uk/petition/petition-against-the-old-bank-site-in-honor-oak-becoming-a-dominos-pizza-takeaway/3539

Anonymous said...

Can I register a negative vote that subtracts from a petitioners mung vote?

Anonymous said...

there is something wrong with domino's - more specifically, with its founder tom monaghan who's a huge supporter of anti abortion, anti-lgbt groups and legislation; right wing republican and christian fundamentalist candidates; and an intelligent design think tank. he sold the chain a few years ago but its all so gross i'm still boycotting. he still owns a 7% stake i think

Anonymous said...

Mung nimbyism? Looking forward to a dominos pizza pushing up property prices and attracting new business into the area??? Hilarious! So looking forward to seeing the glorious Dominos facade (on a lovely Victorian building) on my journey to and from work each day, having walked past another 3 takeaways in the previous 75 yards.

johop said...

Ah jesus here I am a lapsed catholic going to be living above a company built by on a man who's principles I really can't abide. Not sure what "mung nimbyism" is? Please explain. As for Nimbyism I wouldn't want Dominos near anyone's property not just mine although the ovens may reduce my gas bill. As for property prices I don't want to push them up hence having had to buy above a restaurant in the first place just would like a bit of variety in the area.

Sian said...

I think Domino's and Tesco in Crofton Park would be a real shame. Before you know it Honor Oak and Crofton Park will be mini Lewisham high streets. I agree they will attract others but these will not be interesting local shops, just other high street brands as has happened all over the country. Nothing against the two aforementioned but we have plenty of pizza and convenience stores in the area. It's not about nimbyism, it's about trying to preserve some variety of outlets.

J.R. Shakerley said...

I wouldn't trust a chain that names one of their pizzas 'Mighty Meaty'!

Soapy Soutar said...

Your property prices will tank. Domino Pizza is low-rent rubbish, symbolic of local demand for imitation food from poorly-educated people.

Bon apetit!

urbansurgery said...

No real objection, but there are two pizza places within 200 yards of the site on HOP and Brockley Rise already. The Old Bank failed as it was slow and unfriendly compared to La Querca the same distance away. IMO.

Anonymous said...

Soupy... Don't be a twat.

Anonymous said...

The terrible effects of the ELL ... Tesco and Dominos.

Brockley Nick said...

Well I think CP is probably too far from the ELL to be particularly directly effected - more significant is the fact that the supermarkets are more focused on small shop expansion, having reached the limits of out-of-town expansionism.

Domino's is not the first pizza place in HOP, as has already been noted.

But you can feel miserable about a billion pound investment in our transport infrastructure, if you like.

Anonymous said...

number of times I've ordered takeaway pizza since living in Brockley for 13 years? Zero.
number of pizza leaflets that have been shoved through my letterbox in that time? 9000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000!

The gentle oryx said...

Express Pizza in Forest Hill is excellent. They do thin crust SUPER size grease pancake. We love it.

Oor Wullie said...

Soapy Soutar! Where ha' ye been!

patrick1971 said...

Why would Domino's need or want such a large space?

Toby CPR said...

Domino Pizza? That's just what we need to add to the nicely developing independent character of Honor Oak.

Superpizza adequately caters for the fastfood end of the pizza market and as pointed out by others, why does Domino need to take over a restaurant space much better suited to something with a real value offering to the local community and a quality product e.g. proper wood fired or stone baked pizza?

ELL would actually help bring in punters if a decent destination restaurant opened there. Bistroteque South anyone?

Anonymous said...

I remember the owner of the retro furniture shop observing (before he relocated to Crystal Palace); people want the cafes, gift shops and deli's to open on the street, but don't necessarily buy anything because they think it's too expensive. I oppose the proposal of Dominos - yet another fast food outlet - and worry about the precedent it may set for other chains moving into the area. Having said that, I wouldn't think it would be a disaster to have a Waitrose/Tesco/Sainsburys/other big supermarket to take the space of the old bank, if smaller independent companies are not able to afford the rent, as I think there is a viable argument for having one in this area.

Anonymous said...

The Old Bank is on the corner of Grierson Road (I live there).

My major objection is the large amount of moped traffic that will be created by Dominos.

Grierson Rd is a no-through residential street and I do not want mopeds until mid-night buzzing up and down. Secondly the storage area for mopeds is in a small yard, which is only accessed from Grierson Rd. This means a commercial operation is locating its fleet on residential street.

Dominos claim (in their application) that 70% of their business is deliveries - therefore, why not find premisies with proper parking.

philipe20 said...

I have been a resident for 6 months and this does upset me, our high street is starting to establish itself with local amenities and reputable independent operations.

Bemmy2 said...

Dominos, as you are clearly watching this blog, the majority of Honor Oak residents do NOT want you guys in this building. There was a rally held outside the site last night where people brought banners and placards. A local councillor came down to show her support, and photographs were taken by the local press. 200+ letters objecting to the planning have already been sent to Lewisham council, and an online petition has picked up nearly 500 signatures. We welcome Dominos to Honor oak, but please don’t occupy the finest building on our parade and ruin 120 years of history with your corporate signage.

Pea said...

I do not welcome Dominos to HOP in any building. Super Pizza is perfectly good (I haven't tried the other pizza place) and there are is already a great selection of small businesses offering fantastic takeaway options - FS2 on Brockley Rise with their awesome and healthy Turkish kebabs, Honor Oak Fish and Chips (yummy), the Honor Oak Cafe, Tai Wu... And you get genuinely friendly customer service from someone who actually cares and takes pride in what they do. Many of those places have a 20+ year history of serving the HOP community and offer very good value, convenience and quality. Dominos compete primarily on marketing and seem to have forgotten about value and quality.

HOP does need a decent supermarket however, just somewhere to get high quality fresh fruit and vegetables, meat etc. on the way home...

Somewhere that did freshly made "ready meals" to put in the oven would be nice too - like home made lasagne or something. I'd love it if a local shop could provide this (with evening opening hours) but suspect only a large supermarket brand will be able to the turnover to be able to stock fresh food that goes off quickly.

Tescos have wanted to get into our area for ages as they know there is a gap in provision, but all the shop units that come up are too small for them.

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