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Pizza Express request site expansion to open new restaurant in Oxfordshire

November 3, 2011 by Tony  
Filed under All News, General News, Pizza Express

Pizza Express has submitted plans to the West Oxfordshire District Council to expand an existing unit at the Marriotts Walk Shopping Centre in Witney in order to make the space viable for a restaurant opening.

However the plans have been a cause for concern for some people in Witney who fear the expansion could affect the design of the shopping centre as Pizza Express are proposing to almost double the unit space.

In order to accommodate the proposed Pizza Express restaurant, the unit would need to be extended out in to the square, forcing The Buttercross Needle sculpture to be moved, which some would argue, would affect the overall design and look of the centre.

The Marriotts Walk Shopping Centre only opened in Witney 2 years ago at a cost of £50 million. Since the new centre was opened, Starbucks have owned the lease on the site which is being proposed for the Pizza Express restaurant, although they have never opened a branch from the unit and it has remained empty the entire time.

The introduction of the new Pizza Express restaurant to the Witney shopping centre is being hailed as a positive move by many, including the town’s mayor, who believes it will offer something for young people and families, which is currently lacking in the area.

The council is in the process of considering the plans which would expand the unit in Witney from 1,580 sq feet to 2,850 sq feet.

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