Papa John’s Franchise UK. A major pizza chain has applied to open a new branch along Shirley’s main shopping parade.
Papa John’s has lodged an application with Solihull Council for a “change of use” to part of the retail unit at 122 Stratford Road, which is currently an off-licence.
The fast food outlet is also seeking approval for a number of changes to the premises, including the creation of a kitchen and new front desk area.
It is intended the takeaway would operate 10am-11pm from Sunday to Thursday, with opening hours stretching to midnight on a Friday and Saturday night.
In paperwork submitted as part of the application, Papa John’s said that each of its outlets, most of which operated as part of a franchise agreement, could create up to 20 jobs.
At a licensing hearing earlier this year, some residents had raised concerns about the glut of takeaways based in Shirley town centre, which they claimed cause problems with litter.
In response to wider fears about the number of eateries opening in some parts of the borough, several councillors have said they understand frustrations but argue that in the current climate it can be harder for more “traditional” businesses, such as greengrocers and florists.
The applicant argues that the unit is part of a row of 14 shops, of which only one other is currently used for hot food/takeaway.
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Papa John’s was originally set-up in the United States 35 years ago, but the chain has spread to other countries and it now has more than 300 stores across the UK.
The application will be considered by Solihull Council planners in the coming months.
By David Irwin
Source: Birmingham Mail