New store causes domino effect in town
THE highly anticipated Domino's has finally been given an opening date after locals were left questioning the lack of a pizza store in town at the end of last year.
However, the announcement of the pizza giant opening a store in Roma has set off a domino effect for local businesses.
Pizza Hut franchisee Imran Dann said Domino's coming to town was one of the reasons he decided to shut his store down.
Mr Dann has been a pizza shop franchisee in Roma for the past four years and said 10 employees had lost their jobs as a result of closing Pizza Hut's doors at the end of last year.
The new Domino's store is set to open right next door to Pizza Hut's old store front in McDowall St.
"I basically got a phone call to say they'd be opening next door, I had no choice,” he said.
Roma local Julie Boulter said she was sad to see Pizza Hut shut its doors.
"I think it's sad to see a little business working hard to try to keep going,” Ms Boulter said.
"It affected a whole scenario of things.
"To me, I think it's bizarre that it was a race against time to get Domino's to open, then within a week of Pizza Hut closing there was no interest,” she said.
"Everyone on Facebook has been asking when the store will open and there have only been evasive replies.”
A Domino's spokesperson said the new Roma store would open on Monday, February 12.
"We had multiple franchisees eager to open the new store,” the spokesperson said.
"And we have now confirmed which 'pizzapreneur' will own and operate their business in Roma, bringing up to 25 jobs to the region.”
The Domino's spokesperson said hiring and training new team members for the store would start soon.
"We look forward to Domino's becoming a part of the Roma community, including providing new meal options, creating local jobs and supporting community initiatives.”