Kaitaia pizza lovers re­joice

The Northland Age - - Front Page -

Kaitaia pizza lovers are re­joic­ing at the news that Pizza Hut plans to open a fran­chise in the town.

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Restau­rant Brands will be in Kaitaia (42 Com­merce St, which un­til re­cently was home to Mr Pizza), on Thurs­day Oc­to­ber 18, and will be keen to meet any­one who might be in­ter­ested in tak­ing up the fran­chise.

The com­pany says in an ad­ver­tise­ment in to­day’s is­sue of the North­land Age that it is of­fer­ing new store op­por­tu­ni­ties on a “turnkey ba­sis,” mean­ing it will de­sign, build and fully setup new stores ready for the fran­chise hold­ers to start trad­ing. The deal in­cludes a head of­fice team that will help with lo­cal mar­ket­ing and busi­ness im­prove­ment.

Com­pre­hen­sive train­ing and sup­port would also be pro­vided.

Judg­ing by the re­ac­tion on so­cial me­dia the new out­let won’t be short of cus­tomers, al­though the re­sponse wasn’t uni­ver­sally pos­i­tive. Some were wor­ried about the ef­fect on lo­cally-owned food out­lets, while oth­ers thought the last thing Kaitaia needed was an­other op­tion for pro­duc­ing fat, un­healthy chil­dren.

Many peo­ple would be hap­pier to see Kaitaia be­come home to K Mart.

Re­sponses in­cluded ‘I’ll have a large pep­per­oni thanks!’ and ‘ . . . my dream has finally come true,’ but oth­ers fret­ted about how far the de­liv­ery ser­vice might go. One so­lu­tion was to ‘Chuck it on the ru­rals (RD) and you’ll get it the next day.’ Other re­sponses:

‘What will be built first, our sports hub or Pizza Hut? The race is on. Healthy com­mu­nity or fat­ter com­mu­nity? Place your bets here.’

‘We don’t need more food out­lets. Sup­port the lo­cals, gen­er­ate money back into the com­mu­nity, not some big cor­po­ra­tion out of town and over­seas.’

‘Kaitaia the cap­i­tal of take­aways.’

‘Any food in Kaitaia has to be bet­ter than some of the food here in Perth.’

‘Why not an­other Sushi Av­enue so the line doesn’t ex­tend to the foot­path?’

‘We need more fast food out­lets in Kaitaia like we need more pok­ies.’

‘I like pizza, but to be hon­est an­other su­per­mar­ket would be wayyyyy bet­ter.’

‘One day Noo­dle Can­teen will make it up here.’

‘Moan­ing gets you nowhere. Start see­ing this as an op­por­tu­nity in­stead of a neg­a­tive . . . Com­pe­ti­tion means more busi­nesses . . . This is jobs for the kids and un­em­ployed. Stop be­ing neg­a­tive nan­cys.’

Kaitaia’s soon to be Pizza Hut.

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