New eateries boost city commerce

Jason and Lindsay Tod’s pizza business is just one of a number of new ventures to set up in the city in recent months.  Picture: ROB GUNSTONE

Jason and Lindsay Tod’s pizza business is just one of a number of new ventures to set up in the city in recent months.  Picture: ROB GUNSTONE

WHILE business closures tend to dominate the headlines, a Warrnambool pizza outlet has been saved from closure with new franchise owners moving in.

Bendigo couple Jason and Lindsay Tod have taken over the city’s Domino’s Pizza outlet with the new proprietors busily renovating the site to provide a more contemporary appearance.

The refurbished pizza parlour joins new alleyway cafe The Good Room as one of several businesses to open up during the past few months as well as a brand-new tea room, bakery and a rival pizza operation.

Mr and Mrs Tod have a combined 17 years’ experience working as administrators with the international pizza chain but it will be the first time they have operated an outlet themselves.

“My previous role was as a franchise consultant where I covered 50 Domino’s stores in eastern Victoria, so I’m going from 50 to one,” Mr Tod said.

“Having said that, I think the new job will be just as challenging.

“Both Lindsay and I are from a regional city so we wanted to come back to a place that has a sense of community and Warrnambool definitely has that.”

The new-look Domino’s outlet will compete with Gateway Plaza’s newest store Pizza Capers, which opened in the shopping centre food court earlier this year.

A number of new businesses have set up shop during the past six months including Liebig Street cafe Reggie’s Tea House, Steinman Bros Brewery in Cooper Street, Koroit Street business Brown’s Depot Bakery and Kepler Street cafe Day Kitty which is based in the old Flaherty’s chocolate shop building.

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