More Hell on Wheels for Ash­bur­ton?

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - OUT & ABOUT - ERIN TASKER

All go­ing to plan, Hell Pizza would have been open­ing their new­est store in Ash­bur­ton right about now.

But, they’ve strug­gled to find a fran­chisee to take on an Ash­bur­ton store de­spite hav­ing found an ideal lo­ca­tion, so they’ve gone back to the draw­ing board.

Hell Pizza gen­eral man­ager Ben Cum­ming said they were now hop­ing to bring their Hell on Wheels con­cept to Ash­bur­ton per­ma­nently in­stead.

A Hell on Wheels mo­bile pizza car­a­van had vis­ited Ash­bur­ton a few times in re­cent weeks and it had proven pop­u­lar, so now Hell were advertising for some­one to take on a per­ma­nent Hell on Wheels fran­chise in the town.

He said they’d had mul­ti­ple in­quiries from peo­ple in re­la­tion to be­com­ing store fran­chisees and some were on­go­ing, and an ac­tual store would still be con­sid­ered for Ash­bur­ton even if the Hell on Wheels con­cept was taken on by some­one.

‘‘But the Hell on Wheels model is more suited we think,’’ Cum­ming said.

The first per­ma­nent Hell on Wheels was cur­rently be­ing built for Wan­ganui. It was due to open within a cou­ple of months.

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