Businesses emphasise their qualities
TWO businesses that have been trading in Wells for a combined total of 87 years are confident that their customers will remain loyal when Dominos and Pets Corner open.
The pizza and pet supplies chains will be taking the two units being built at the former car wash site on Princes Road.
But the long-established Da Lucianos pizzeria and Thatchers pet store think that as far as their operations are concerned, it will be business as usual.
“I’m pretty sure we will continue as we are,” said Luciano Raso, of Da Lucianos in Broad Street. “We’re different to the mainstream. If you want to experience a really good pizza you need to come to someone like us. We put a lot of work and passion into whatever we do. We’ve got a lot of passion for our pizzas.”
Luciano was shown how to make pizza dough by his mother Celestina, with whom he opened the restaurant in 1990.
“To lose shops like ourselves would be sad. You want the romantic image of somewhere like Wells with its smaller shops, like a little jewel in Somerset,” he said.
Thatchers, in nearby Queen Street, is in its 60th year. Owner Trina Kenniston said they were disappointed but resigned to the fact that a pet chain store is coming to Wells. She added: “We are confident that our loyal customers will continue supporting us and other local independents, as we feel this is important to keep a traditional high street in keeping with the city. We will continue to uphold our competitive prices and friendly personal service.”
The Thatchers store ready for Christmas
Dominos declined to comment on its move to Wells, but a spokesperson for Pets Corner said the company was delighted to be coming to the city, and that the store is due to open in the summer of 2018.
“It will stock an extensive range of naturally sourced, quality items for a variety of furry, feathered and scaly companions including a small home farming range,” the spokesperson said.
The store will also include a Dogwood grooming spa, with products that “provide a truly luxurious experience for pets” and will include “a selection of natural pamper packages and detangling services, from conditioning treatments to hot towel wraps”.
There had been rumours that the unit would be taken by rival pet supplies chain Pets at Home. A spokesperson for Pets at Home said: “There are no current plans to open a new store in Wells. However, we are looking into possible locations to open a store in the near future.”