Nando's hoped to revive Taunton town centre

This is The West Country: Nando's in North Street, Taunton Nando's in North Street, Taunton

NANDO'S could be the start of a new chapter in Taunton's retail sector, it has been claimed.

The restaurant group, famous for its Portuguese Peri Peri chicken, plan to officially open in the town on February 5.

Business leaders across the town say the introduction of the national chicken chain could have a knock-on boost for other town centre venues.

Graham Love, Taunton Town Centre Company manager, said Nando's is the brand Taunton needs.

He added: “We are a county town and we need both strong independents and national brands so we hope this continues.

“Nando's brand is very popular with young people as well as older people too and the firm has shown great confidence to take out a 20-year lease in the heart of the town centre which is really good news.

“There is other companies showing interest in Taunton and eyeing the town up at the moment but in the current climate, businesses are very specific in the space and size of a unit before taking one.”

The County Gazette broke the news in July after Nando's signed a 20-year lease next to clothes store Fat Face in North Street.

There has been mixed reaction on social media over the news but Lucinda Ackland, who set up the Women's Independence Network group said the introduction of Nando's could boost the town's independent shops too.

She said: “People like Nando's and it is needed to bring footfall into Taunton because the more people come, the more the independents get chance to show who they are to people.

“There has to be a balance of both independents and nationals but Nando's targets the youngsters and sports people so the only people I can see it affecting in the town are the big fastfood stores, but they have had a fair crack of it up until now anyway.

“It is a big unit with a big rateable value which an independent would struggle to fill so it is better to have it full than nothing.”

The owner of Sabeez Peri Peri, in Station Road, Taunton who sell similar dishes to Nando's, told the County Gazette last year that he is not concerned the move will affect his trade.

What do you think of Nando's coming to Taunton? Comment below or tweet reporter Daniel Milligan @GazetteDMilli

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11:29am Fri 24 Jan 14

FreeSpeech? says...

Well if a Nando's opening in Taunton could be it's saviour there is not much hope for it. Would of thought making the town more shopper friendly, easier to drive into and cheaper to park is where they should be looking rather than than a restaurant that sells chicken in sauce.
Well if a Nando's opening in Taunton could be it's saviour there is not much hope for it. Would of thought making the town more shopper friendly, easier to drive into and cheaper to park is where they should be looking rather than than a restaurant that sells chicken in sauce. FreeSpeech?
  • Score: 10

12:27pm Fri 24 Jan 14

JRocker7 says...

Taunton's biggest issue is the horrendous road infrastructure. You cannot drive anywhere without massive queues and standstill traffic. There need to be more roads built but until people are willing to let the past go and embrace the future that probably will not happen. Not saying we should get rid of anything historic, but holding on to the past to the point that we are resistant to the future is a recipe for disaster. Without change, growth is impossible.
Taunton's biggest issue is the horrendous road infrastructure. You cannot drive anywhere without massive queues and standstill traffic. There need to be more roads built but until people are willing to let the past go and embrace the future that probably will not happen. Not saying we should get rid of anything historic, but holding on to the past to the point that we are resistant to the future is a recipe for disaster. Without change, growth is impossible. JRocker7
  • Score: 11

2:18pm Fri 24 Jan 14

BaldyLocks says...

Yes, having avoided Taunton like the plague for the last few years - choosing to do all my shopping online or elsewhere. I can say that when Nando's opens I will be sure to change my ways and do all my shopping in Taunton. I can't wait. Brilliant.
Yes, having avoided Taunton like the plague for the last few years - choosing to do all my shopping online or elsewhere. I can say that when Nando's opens I will be sure to change my ways and do all my shopping in Taunton. I can't wait. Brilliant. BaldyLocks
  • Score: 12

3:28pm Fri 24 Jan 14

topcataj says...

FreeSpeech? wrote:
Well if a Nando's opening in Taunton could be it's saviour there is not much hope for it. Would of thought making the town more shopper friendly, easier to drive into and cheaper to park is where they should be looking rather than than a restaurant that sells chicken in sauce.
More shopper friendly like adding a popular food chain you mean?!
More/better park and ride would be more use than easier to drive in to or cheaper parking, pretty sure it's cheaper than some regional alternatives anyway...

Just because you aren't a fan of Nando's yourself, doesn't mean it isn't good for the town, though there's some usual journalistic exaggeration to say it's the saviour of the town centre. The one in Exeter usually has a queue, it's a popular destination. It probably does attract a younger crowd, something Somerset lacks in general, so more things to entice those age groups in is good.

I'm sure it'll do good trade in what was otherwise a boarded up empty space, not sure why people are moaning at a new business opening up in the town and committing to a future there!
[quote][p][bold]FreeSpeech?[/bold] wrote: Well if a Nando's opening in Taunton could be it's saviour there is not much hope for it. Would of thought making the town more shopper friendly, easier to drive into and cheaper to park is where they should be looking rather than than a restaurant that sells chicken in sauce.[/p][/quote]More shopper friendly like adding a popular food chain you mean?! More/better park and ride would be more use than easier to drive in to or cheaper parking, pretty sure it's cheaper than some regional alternatives anyway... Just because you aren't a fan of Nando's yourself, doesn't mean it isn't good for the town, though there's some usual journalistic exaggeration to say it's the saviour of the town centre. The one in Exeter usually has a queue, it's a popular destination. It probably does attract a younger crowd, something Somerset lacks in general, so more things to entice those age groups in is good. I'm sure it'll do good trade in what was otherwise a boarded up empty space, not sure why people are moaning at a new business opening up in the town and committing to a future there! topcataj
  • Score: 6

1:39pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Somerset:SocialistParty says...

topcataj wrote:
FreeSpeech? wrote:
Well if a Nando's opening in Taunton could be it's saviour there is not much hope for it. Would of thought making the town more shopper friendly, easier to drive into and cheaper to park is where they should be looking rather than than a restaurant that sells chicken in sauce.
More shopper friendly like adding a popular food chain you mean?!
More/better park and ride would be more use than easier to drive in to or cheaper parking, pretty sure it's cheaper than some regional alternatives anyway...

Just because you aren't a fan of Nando's yourself, doesn't mean it isn't good for the town, though there's some usual journalistic exaggeration to say it's the saviour of the town centre. The one in Exeter usually has a queue, it's a popular destination. It probably does attract a younger crowd, something Somerset lacks in general, so more things to entice those age groups in is good.

I'm sure it'll do good trade in what was otherwise a boarded up empty space, not sure why people are moaning at a new business opening up in the town and committing to a future there!
topcataj , if you're not sure why people are as you put it "moaning at a new business opening up in the town and committing to a future there!"; perhaps you need to read or reread these peoples' posts ,as they clearly contain very lucid coherent and erudite reasoning for why the 'retail experience' provided by Taunton town centre is one to be generally avoided!
[quote][p][bold]topcataj[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FreeSpeech?[/bold] wrote: Well if a Nando's opening in Taunton could be it's saviour there is not much hope for it. Would of thought making the town more shopper friendly, easier to drive into and cheaper to park is where they should be looking rather than than a restaurant that sells chicken in sauce.[/p][/quote]More shopper friendly like adding a popular food chain you mean?! More/better park and ride would be more use than easier to drive in to or cheaper parking, pretty sure it's cheaper than some regional alternatives anyway... Just because you aren't a fan of Nando's yourself, doesn't mean it isn't good for the town, though there's some usual journalistic exaggeration to say it's the saviour of the town centre. The one in Exeter usually has a queue, it's a popular destination. It probably does attract a younger crowd, something Somerset lacks in general, so more things to entice those age groups in is good. I'm sure it'll do good trade in what was otherwise a boarded up empty space, not sure why people are moaning at a new business opening up in the town and committing to a future there![/p][/quote]topcataj , if you're not sure why people are as you put it "moaning at a new business opening up in the town and committing to a future there!"; perhaps you need to read or reread these peoples' posts ,as they clearly contain very lucid coherent and erudite reasoning for why the 'retail experience' provided by Taunton town centre is one to be generally avoided! Somerset:SocialistParty
  • Score: -7

2:43pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Little_Owly says...

Better than having another mobile phone/mobile phone accessory shop.
Better than having another mobile phone/mobile phone accessory shop. Little_Owly
  • Score: 5

4:50pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Wellington Shrek says...

Wow Mr Nando must must be dead chuffed with himself, to think all thats needed to end a recession and rejuvenate a town is a Nandos. Lets build a couple in india and africa and see if the world poverty ends.

Not saying it wont be good for the town but talk about overplay it.
Wow Mr Nando must must be dead chuffed with himself, to think all thats needed to end a recession and rejuvenate a town is a Nandos. Lets build a couple in india and africa and see if the world poverty ends. Not saying it wont be good for the town but talk about overplay it. Wellington Shrek
  • Score: 1

6:05pm Sun 26 Jan 14

GoingGreen says...

Are we all comfortable that making life as easy as possible to use cars is the right solution, and at what cost? I don't claim to know the answer.
Are we all comfortable that making life as easy as possible to use cars is the right solution, and at what cost? I don't claim to know the answer. GoingGreen
  • Score: -1

6:30pm Sun 26 Jan 14

FreeSpeech? says...

GoingGreen wrote:
Are we all comfortable that making life as easy as possible to use cars is the right solution, and at what cost? I don't claim to know the answer.
We cannot all live in towns, be close to our place of work or have a supermarket and shops within walking distance, bus companies cannot be expected to operate country services at a loss so therefore those who need to use their vehicles should be able to do so without pen pushers and environmentalists doing everything within their powers to hinder and in fact trying to stop them doing so. That is why the town centres of Britain are dying as everywhere you look you have traffic lights out of sync, double yellow lines, over zealous council traffic wardens out to make their quota of tickets and overpriced parking. Hoe do you think the evening patrons of the above establishment will get their if they live some distance away? We cannot all use taxis.
[quote][p][bold]GoingGreen[/bold] wrote: Are we all comfortable that making life as easy as possible to use cars is the right solution, and at what cost? I don't claim to know the answer.[/p][/quote]We cannot all live in towns, be close to our place of work or have a supermarket and shops within walking distance, bus companies cannot be expected to operate country services at a loss so therefore those who need to use their vehicles should be able to do so without pen pushers and environmentalists doing everything within their powers to hinder and in fact trying to stop them doing so. That is why the town centres of Britain are dying as everywhere you look you have traffic lights out of sync, double yellow lines, over zealous council traffic wardens out to make their quota of tickets and overpriced parking. Hoe do you think the evening patrons of the above establishment will get their if they live some distance away? We cannot all use taxis. FreeSpeech?
  • Score: 3

5:47am Mon 27 Jan 14

Dr Dave says...

Whereas it is good to see a large unused retail unit being filled in our county town, I can't see Nandos being the saviour of Taunton as indicated in this article......
Whereas it is good to see a large unused retail unit being filled in our county town, I can't see Nandos being the saviour of Taunton as indicated in this article...... Dr Dave
  • Score: 4

6:54am Mon 27 Jan 14

GoingGreen says...

FreeSpeech? wrote:
GoingGreen wrote: Are we all comfortable that making life as easy as possible to use cars is the right solution, and at what cost? I don't claim to know the answer.
We cannot all live in towns, be close to our place of work or have a supermarket and shops within walking distance, bus companies cannot be expected to operate country services at a loss so therefore those who need to use their vehicles should be able to do so without pen pushers and environmentalists doing everything within their powers to hinder and in fact trying to stop them doing so. That is why the town centres of Britain are dying as everywhere you look you have traffic lights out of sync, double yellow lines, over zealous council traffic wardens out to make their quota of tickets and overpriced parking. Hoe do you think the evening patrons of the above establishment will get their if they live some distance away? We cannot all use taxis.
Like I said, I don't know the answer. The cost is becoming fairly clear though.
[quote][p][bold]FreeSpeech?[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GoingGreen[/bold] wrote: Are we all comfortable that making life as easy as possible to use cars is the right solution, and at what cost? I don't claim to know the answer.[/p][/quote]We cannot all live in towns, be close to our place of work or have a supermarket and shops within walking distance, bus companies cannot be expected to operate country services at a loss so therefore those who need to use their vehicles should be able to do so without pen pushers and environmentalists doing everything within their powers to hinder and in fact trying to stop them doing so. That is why the town centres of Britain are dying as everywhere you look you have traffic lights out of sync, double yellow lines, over zealous council traffic wardens out to make their quota of tickets and overpriced parking. Hoe do you think the evening patrons of the above establishment will get their if they live some distance away? We cannot all use taxis.[/p][/quote]Like I said, I don't know the answer. The cost is becoming fairly clear though. GoingGreen
  • Score: 0

1:41pm Mon 27 Jan 14

topcataj says...

Somerset:SocialistPa
rty
wrote:
topcataj wrote:
FreeSpeech? wrote:
Well if a Nando's opening in Taunton could be it's saviour there is not much hope for it. Would of thought making the town more shopper friendly, easier to drive into and cheaper to park is where they should be looking rather than than a restaurant that sells chicken in sauce.
More shopper friendly like adding a popular food chain you mean?!
More/better park and ride would be more use than easier to drive in to or cheaper parking, pretty sure it's cheaper than some regional alternatives anyway...

Just because you aren't a fan of Nando's yourself, doesn't mean it isn't good for the town, though there's some usual journalistic exaggeration to say it's the saviour of the town centre. The one in Exeter usually has a queue, it's a popular destination. It probably does attract a younger crowd, something Somerset lacks in general, so more things to entice those age groups in is good.

I'm sure it'll do good trade in what was otherwise a boarded up empty space, not sure why people are moaning at a new business opening up in the town and committing to a future there!
topcataj , if you're not sure why people are as you put it "moaning at a new business opening up in the town and committing to a future there!"; perhaps you need to read or reread these peoples' posts ,as they clearly contain very lucid coherent and erudite reasoning for why the 'retail experience' provided by Taunton town centre is one to be generally avoided!
Yes, people keep moaning about there being nothing/not enough in the town centre to go there for. Apparently it's full of empty property and charity shops.

Apparently people don't bother going into the town centre, though despite this the traffic is bad due to the number of people going there!

Bad traffic in town/city centres is nothing new, some improvements could be made in Taunton, as with anywhere, but history tends to make some of it difficult. It would be great if there was a link between the south west and south east sides of town, instead of forcing everything through the centre, but that would involve the sacred wedge!
I think people are having a laugh if they think long term traffic flows will improve by simply removing some of the traffic lights, let alone the effect that would have on people crossing those roads for instance.

I'll guess, and it sounds like I'm as qualified to make a statement like this as anyone else here is, that it's impossible for the roads to cope with all the traffic. Regardless of any green reasons, there's pure volume to consider. I use the park & ride every day for work for that exact reason, same as a lot of people visiting Exeter or Bath would use the park & ride facilities.

In the mean time, having firms like Nando's in town is probably beneficial to the economy of the town. It's not going to make or break anything on it's own, but it seems a positive thing on the whole.
[quote][p][bold]Somerset:SocialistPa rty[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]topcataj[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FreeSpeech?[/bold] wrote: Well if a Nando's opening in Taunton could be it's saviour there is not much hope for it. Would of thought making the town more shopper friendly, easier to drive into and cheaper to park is where they should be looking rather than than a restaurant that sells chicken in sauce.[/p][/quote]More shopper friendly like adding a popular food chain you mean?! More/better park and ride would be more use than easier to drive in to or cheaper parking, pretty sure it's cheaper than some regional alternatives anyway... Just because you aren't a fan of Nando's yourself, doesn't mean it isn't good for the town, though there's some usual journalistic exaggeration to say it's the saviour of the town centre. The one in Exeter usually has a queue, it's a popular destination. It probably does attract a younger crowd, something Somerset lacks in general, so more things to entice those age groups in is good. I'm sure it'll do good trade in what was otherwise a boarded up empty space, not sure why people are moaning at a new business opening up in the town and committing to a future there![/p][/quote]topcataj , if you're not sure why people are as you put it "moaning at a new business opening up in the town and committing to a future there!"; perhaps you need to read or reread these peoples' posts ,as they clearly contain very lucid coherent and erudite reasoning for why the 'retail experience' provided by Taunton town centre is one to be generally avoided![/p][/quote]Yes, people keep moaning about there being nothing/not enough in the town centre to go there for. Apparently it's full of empty property and charity shops. Apparently people don't bother going into the town centre, though despite this the traffic is bad due to the number of people going there! Bad traffic in town/city centres is nothing new, some improvements could be made in Taunton, as with anywhere, but history tends to make some of it difficult. It would be great if there was a link between the south west and south east sides of town, instead of forcing everything through the centre, but that would involve the sacred wedge! I think people are having a laugh if they think long term traffic flows will improve by simply removing some of the traffic lights, let alone the effect that would have on people crossing those roads for instance. I'll guess, and it sounds like I'm as qualified to make a statement like this as anyone else here is, that it's impossible for the roads to cope with all the traffic. Regardless of any green reasons, there's pure volume to consider. I use the park & ride every day for work for that exact reason, same as a lot of people visiting Exeter or Bath would use the park & ride facilities. In the mean time, having firms like Nando's in town is probably beneficial to the economy of the town. It's not going to make or break anything on it's own, but it seems a positive thing on the whole. topcataj
  • Score: 5

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