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It’s All About The Pizzas…

October 18, 2012

UPDATE – this application has been recommended for “Approval” by planning officers. Their report is here. Full hearing is THURSDAY 22nd NOVEMBER – we’ll post the outcome…


An application is in from Pizza Hut to have a takeaway/delivery unit at 120 Burton Road, West Didsbury. As you might expect, we’re opposing this. On the grounds that Pizza Hut is a big chain and West Didsbury is full of quirky & wonderful independents – and that’s what we support. We’re realistic enough to know that this is going to be a tough fight – many people might welcome Pizza Hut, and to be honest, we’ve been waiting for the first big chain to muscle in.

But we will fight it – because our indepedents, who are really trying very hard to survive, deserve all the support we can drum up. It’s fantastic to live and work in area where nearly every single business is a one-off. And long may that last.

So, if the thought of having somewhere that serves up tasty pizzas is making your mouth water, how about this…

West Didsbury Independent Pizza Makers

West Didsbury Independent Pizza Makers

The pizzas featured were all made and purchased from places we all probably know & love – and all a stone’s throw from the proposed Pizza Hut. Thyme Out Delicatessen on Nell Lane, Folk and Mary & Archies on Burton Rd and don’t forget that A Taste of Honey stocks the gorgeous Dough-It-Yourself, for that proper takeaway experience 🙂

More information about the proposed Pizza Hut can be found on Didsbury Life, with a link to how to comment/object on the Council website – comments close on WEDNESDAY 31st OCTOBER

9 Comments leave one →
  1. why permalink
    October 31, 2012 11:39 am

    And what about the people who are struggling for work? A few delivery jobs and kitchen jobs are at stake here. Or do you not see that far down your nose?

    • October 31, 2012 3:02 pm

      It’s not about how far I can see down my nose. It’s about large chains moving into units where rents have been increased. It’s about small, independent businesses (who also employ people) having to fight even harder to survive. It’s also about people having a voice – we choose to oppose the application & put our views on our blog. Sorry if you don’t agree. People are more than free than to make comments in support. That’s what this part of the process is all about.

    • HarryHilary permalink
      November 9, 2012 7:23 pm

      I agree, albeit not about the nose thing. I’d rather have Pizza Hut than another scruffy takeaway a la the culinary ghettoisation of Rusholme, then Longsight, now Levenshulme.

  2. November 1, 2012 10:14 am

    I agree with you guys, Burton Road is all about independents, chains aren’t the only ones who offer work to people. The pizza at Folk is the best pizza I’ve eaten, hands down. Chains churn food out, places like Folk and all the others mentioned above make their food with care, it’s not just about making money, it’s about a great reputation for good food. The food places like Pizza Hut and Domino’s etc make doesn’t really reflect the kind of food I want to eat and enjoy, there’s a market for everything and should be something for everyone, but not here. This is a thriving area full of eclectic takes on old business ideas, it needs to stay this way!

  3. DaveL permalink
    November 4, 2012 4:52 pm

    Piccolino’s is a chain and that hasn’t robbed anyones trade. Who gives a shit? The shop unit is currently very scruffy and unused. That side of the bridge on Burton Road is a bit of a dead zone anyway, so anything to clean the area up is a bonus in my book. Live and let live eh? Bring it on.

  4. HarryHilary permalink
    November 9, 2012 7:18 pm

    Apparently it’s going to be a delivery outlet, 95% delivery 5% eat-in. As there are no other pizza delivery outlets in West Didsbury I can’t see what the fuss is about. In fact, it’s testament to every business in the area, especially The Met, hiking house (and beer) prices up, encouraging all the new investment in the area that a chain like Pizza Hut wants some of the action. Another Friday night takeaway option for all the Marlboro Light smoking southerners. What’s wrong with that?

  5. Simon Manning permalink
    November 16, 2012 10:32 pm

    It’s not just about Pizza Hut – it sets a precedence where other chains will follow. The beauty of West Didsbury is the local indies. Would you prefer Pizza Hut, Costa Coffee etc? If so’ I suggest that you move to ‘clone town’.

    @DaveL – yes Piccollinos is a chain; most W Didsbury residents avoid it, (personally I’d see The Nose back anytime) but it seems to be doing well, so fair play to them, who’ve ever their clients may be.

    I’ve lived in W Didsbury for 17 yrs, long before it became ‘trendy’, but firmly support all of the wonderful independent shops/restaurants/bars that we are now privileged to have here. I’m certainly not a ‘Didsbury snob’ but do you really want to see all of that eroded and replaced by High St chains who don’t give a sh!t about local businesses and are purely focused on profits? If so, go and live in Luton, St Albans or some other nondescript place…

  6. Mary Maclachlan permalink
    November 20, 2012 11:45 am

    You can get pizza from Olivien (just a few doors away) which do take away. Pizza Hut will be able to run the outlet at a loss as they are a large chain but surely they will put the Olivien out of business and then we are left with another empty shop and those employed at the Olivien will be out of work. Both Domino’s and Pizza Express deliver so it is not as if there isn’t other pizza delivery choices locally.

  7. Sean South permalink
    January 4, 2013 8:30 pm

    I wouldn’t eat anything from that shithole if they were fucking giving it away – Olivien is primarily used by pissed up late night students. OK, (some) of the indies are great. The Drawing Room’s ace, The Crazy Cow does a mean brekkie. The Met, however, has us completely milked and has contributed absolutely fuck all to the area. Take take take, the fucking Barker brothers must be up there with the Rothchilds by now. William Hill on the other hand, that unique little independent gaming salon has been with us years – nobody ever mentions him! Most shops are taken now along the high street – the other side of the bridge where PH want to open is pretty redundant apart from (the struggling) Verso / Terrace bar / grill whatever it’s called now. It could be a catalyst for more indies to set up on the Withington side of the tracks – expand down the east side of Burton Road. McDonalds and Costa Coffee aren’t about to plonk themselves down next to Crazy Wendy’s – there just isn’t any room, and besides – no one said a fucking word when the worst of them all – the bastard monolith Tesco set up in Frank Healds old shop. As for Pizza Hut running at a loss – I doubt it. The proposed PH on Burton Road will be a franchise. Who knows? Maybe it’ll be run by a local businessman who wants to make some money from selling pizzas.

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