Domino’s Pizza's move into Inglewood upsets local residents
Landlord says many are in favour of the move, adding the 10-year lease agreement will add to the eclectic neighbourhood.
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It’s raining meatballs in Inglewood.
Popular chain Domino’s Pizza is set to replace the CrossFit on the popular shopping strip, causing quite an uproar among some of the community’s residents.
“From my point of view, this chain diminishes the value of Inglewood’s brand,” said resident Mieka West. “Unique communities in Canada have no tools — that I am aware of — to preserve themselves and that is a loss for everyone.”
“People should vote with their wallets.”
Mieka isn’t alone — hundreds took to social media, calling the move detrimental to the neighbourhood.
But landlord Barbara Beard disagrees.
“There are a lot of people in favour of (Domino’s moving in),” said Beard, who leased the building to a local man who’s buying into the Domino’s franchise. The lease was signed for 10 years.
“Some people like (Domino’s) price point, and the beauty of Inglewood is it’s eclectic nature — we can have mainstream shops and locally owned ones. There’s room for everybody”
Domino’s will become the third pizza shop to open shop. In fact, it’s location is essentially across the street from Inglewood Pizza.
Inglewood Pizza owner Devan Sagumaran said he’s concerned about his business once Domino’s opens.
“It’s ridiculous to have three pizza places,” he said. “In another five years, I see Inglewood not on top of the best streets in Canada because all these big businesses. These small unique stores are going to be gone.”
Even Domino’s Pizza weighed in on the debate. The company said it’s made up of thousands of small business owners who add to their communities.
“It doesn’t seem fair to cast someone as a bad guy, simply because he has chosen to build a career, and create opportunities for his family, through franchising,” the company said in a statement. “Job creation in any community is a good thing – and so is competition.”
Rebecca O’Brien, executive director of the Inglewood BRZ, said the board is mixed about the move.
“(The board’s) general discussion has been that (Domino’s) is not a fit for us — it could do harm to other businesses,” she said. “But at the same time, there’s a lot of respect for the landlord and the work she’s done. It’s a recession, and we can’t just tell people to wait things out.”
Beard said the business permit is in the works and an opening date has yet to be determined.
She said the joint will be one of its “Pizza Theatre” themes, adding there will be smaller signage to respect the building’s “historical character.”