Eastleigh folk queue for pizza

 Papa John Eastleigh opening

Eastleigh residents were queuing in the street for free pizza today with the official opening of Papa John’s latest Pizza takeaway.

At one point the line of eager customers stretched down High Street to the Daily Echo office.

Deputy Mayor Tony Noyce assisted by his wife Janice and branch manager Serjhan Cinar cut the ribbon and helped dish out free pizza to the first 200 lucky customers (and one hungry reporter).

The Deputy Mayor also leaped at the chance to don an apron and learn how to prepare pizza dough

First customers through the door were friends Robbie Wheeler and Sam White who just happened to be passing and noticed the signs for free nosh from the American takeaway chain.

Anyone who missed out on the offer can still enjoy free pizza from Papa John’s thanks to a customer loyalty scheme.

Pizza lovers in the town will now be spoilt choice with branches of both Dominos and Pizza Hut within yards of each other.

  2 comments for “Eastleigh folk queue for pizza

  1. October 26, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Quite a lot of fast-food outlets of various types in the Town Centre now. You’ve highlighted, Dominos, Pizza Hut and now Papa Johns all virtually within sniffing distance of each other. At what point does that become unhealthy, not just from the point of making Eastleigh obese, but by altering the balance of the Town Centre economy …?

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      October 27, 2013 at 11:01 am

      You will remember last year’s embarrasing ‘Eat in Eastleigh’ promotion which featured a photo of a woman gorging on an outsize pizza (and used stock photographs of restaurants that were in the USA and not in Eastleigh).

      About the same time there was a report that Eastleigh was a hot spot for bowl cancer which can be associated with poor diet. So I agree there is a concern there but bear in mind Papa John’s, Pizza Hut and Subway have all filled retail units that had been long term vacant – thereby creating jobs and bringing people into town.

      This is happening all over the UK – there is a revolution on the high street. Mind you, we visited Pompei on holiday (any chance to write about my holidays!) and I was surprised at the number of fast food outlets that existed in a Roman town in 79 AD. Its nothing new – and franchises only set up in prosperous places and help to create prosperity

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