Plan for Papa John’s pizza takeaway in Carlton Square

The pizza company has had planning permission granted to set up a new branch in the former Coral bookmakers at 18 Carlton Square.

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Carlton pizza lovers will soon be able to enjoy a slice of Papa John’s as plans progress to transform a former betting shop into a new takeaway.

The pizza company has had planning permission granted to set up a new branch in the former Coral bookmakers at 18 Carlton Square.

The branch will be open from 11am to 11pm Sunday to Thursday and until 1am on Friday and Saturdays.

The company believes the new outlet could provide up to 20 full-time jobs for Carlton residents, with 10 part-time roles and 10 full-time roles.

The alterations and upgrades to the premises will be undertaken by local tradesmen ‘where possible’ to create some additional short term employment opportunities’.

Papa Johns Carlton Square
PICTURED: How signage would look on the new Papa John’s restaurant in Carlton Square
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Louise Thorn of Knights PLC, representing Papa John’s said the new restaurant would acts as a boost to the Carlton shopping centre.

She said: “The re-use of the vacant premises will bring a number of social and economic benefits to the local area.

“The proposed use will ensure an active frontage in an area where 3 continuous units are currently vacant, assisting in ensuring the continued vitality and viability of the shopping centre and ensure that the various complementary businesses within the shopping centre thrive.”

No opening date has yet been announced.


  1. There is already a Pizza place in Carlton Square and has been for many years. I’ve not made much use of it lately due to Covid mainly but it has always been good. There is also a cafe. I don’t believe there is need for any more. This sort of business was the first to go under when all the lockdown started. Whenever a shop comes empty suddenly there’s another caff. What brings people to a shopping centre is a number of shops where things can be bought. Saves going into the city.

    • The takeaway business has been absolutely booming since lockdown. People started ordering food for delivery more than they’d done before as there wasn’t much else to do, and the habit has stuck. What would you rather the unit be used for? Nothing has stopped anybody else from opening a business there has it?

  2. It is a shame that a pizza chain has set up in Carlton Square when we already have a fantastic family run pizza and pasta company – La Piazza which I hope people will continue to support when Papa Johns opens.


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