Consultant: Domino's Wouldn't Disrupt Charlestown

Bill Mohan acknowledges vocal opposition to the chain expanding into town.

If you don’t like Domino’s Pizza, the consultant for a local franchise looking to expand into Charlestown knows. And he’s not that concerned.

“We know that there are lots of people in this town who don’t like Domino’s Pizza,” said consultant Bill Mohan. “.”

But, Mohan told the Charlestown Neighborhood Council Tuesday that many people in town would like to see a Domino’s within Charlestown’s borders.

“The people of Charlestown have asked us for years: why aren’t you in town?” he said.

Domino’s already makes about 300 deliveries to Charlestown each month, Mohan said, and he doesn’t expect locating the pizza chain on Main Street to harm other local businesses.

He also doesn’t expect the business to disrupt life on Main Street; the shop will use, at most, three delivery vehicles at one time, he said, and most of those would perform their work after most of Main Street’s shops have closed for the night.

Mohan spoke with Charlestown Patch last week, and the resulting article lead to strong opposition to the idea of a Domino’s in Charlestown. As of 9 p.m. Tuesday, said that they opposed the business. A reader also started something of an anti-Domino’s petition on our Facebook page.

The Neighborhood Council referred the matter to a committee, but Council Chairman Tom Cunha asked why the shop needed to be on Main Street—especially if 90 percent of its business would be delivery, as Mohan said.

Cunha said he didn’t need the information at that moment, and Mohan didn’t offer it. After the meeting, though, he commented that finding an empty space in Charlestown had proved difficult for several years.

Bette Task May 02, 2012 at 10:41 AM
If 90 % of the business is delivery, why do they need a storefront on Main Street??? And if 90% of the business is delivery, why not just stay where they are and deliver???
Corey Nevin May 02, 2012 at 11:44 AM
Charlestown needs more shops that would benifit neighborhood not a big chain that only delivers to drunk college students.
Alphanaut May 02, 2012 at 12:33 PM
I'm just glad to see any tenant willing to take the plunge in Charlestown, there are plenty of empty commercial spaces for them to choose from...
Sean Boyle May 02, 2012 at 01:46 PM
There are many vacant storefronts that I wish businesses would open in .. but I am NOT happy Domino's is one of them. If 90% of his business would be deliveries .. what is the point of opening up? But, with Domino's looking to open in Charlestown, it does sound an alert for the CCC. Charlestown WANTS and NEEDS something that is opened later than 9-10 pm, especially on the weekends.
Jay K. June 24, 2012 at 08:37 PM
First Mr. Mohan acknowledges there are very many that are vocally opposed. Then he says, "The people of Charlestown have been asking us for years: why aren't you here?" Mr. Mohan, since you've apparently been "consulting" on this project for "years", now we're asking, "why can't you hear?". Perhaps you're simply telling your clients what they want to hear.


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