Domino’s Pizza opened its Yass store in Irvine Shopping Centre on Monday, October 10 to the surprise of local businesses.
The pizza chain chose the vacancy next to Tank’s Bakery and Yass Country Kitchen.
Chef and owner of Yass Country Kitchen Julie Rosser, who has been in the food-catering business in Yass for the past 25 years, says she was surprised to see Domino’s choice of location.
“I think if they opened it on main street, it would’ve been better for kids and young people who don’t drive,” Ms Rosser said.
However, she says that during the first two days after Domino’s opened, traffic at the centre was higher than usual.
While it was too early to predict Domino’s effects on local businesses, she says it would none-the-less have an impact on her business.
“I’ll be an idiot to think it won’t affect business,” she said.
But Ms Rosser says she has no qualms with Domino’s next door.
“I truly believe in what goes around comes around.”
For Domino’s, it says its choice of location is due to the store’s high-street visibility, which will generate foot traffic for the centre and provide the community with another choice for their quick-service restaurant needs.
For Domino’s Yass franchisee Arshad Ali, he says he looks forward to working with the community.
“Once we are settled, please come down and introduce yourself,” Mr Ali said.
“We’ll also be investing in, and contributing to, the local community.
“The store has created almost 30 jobs for the community,” he said.
Despite her newest neighbor’s competition, Ms Rosser says she hopes people will remember that Country Kitchen is a unique local outlet.
“Our pizzas are made from scratch using local products. It’s more of a family business. My children work with me,” Rosser said. “Our pizzas are a craft, made with lots of love.”
Irvine Shopping Centre director and owner Alan Irvine could not be reached for comments.