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Gungahlin – Pizza Capital

Mothy 24 February 2011 34

Just how many Pizza stores can one area support?

Dominos and Pizza Hut for a long while had a strangle hold on the pizza market for Gungahlin.

Sure, you had your fish and chippers doing some damn fine pizza on the side (I personally vouch for the efforts of Nichols and Ngunnawal takeaway, and can remember Elena’s once being good for a calzone), and De Nunzio did some side buisness in pizza as well, and Divots at Gold Creek, but for dedicated pizza action, these two jokers were it. That little corner of Gungahlin remains an impossible place to get a park on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday night. Then throw in Eagle Boys, who opted to open up a little further away from the fray, and after them came Pizza Capers, slicing off a side of the video shop to offer an alternative to the pre-fab pizzas down in the heart of the action.

And now, as I head in to work this morning, I see that at the site of the old Hub Asian Supermarket, Crust have hung up a sign advising they’ll soon be opening.

Seriously, at what point in the pizza wars are we going to see some casualties?


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jennybel75 jennybel75 10:32 am 24 Feb 11

Little San Severo in Gungers (near Alsi) also do a pretty fine pizza.

EvanJames EvanJames 11:04 am 24 Feb 11

Well with any luck the multinationals named who make horrible stodgey pizzas will fade away.

Solidarity Solidarity 11:17 am 24 Feb 11

Not a chance, EvanJames, Gunghalin is tipped to be the next great ghetto, full of lazy fat people who like to eat said pizza.

Mothy Mothy 11:27 am 24 Feb 11

jennybel75 said :

Little San Severo in Gungers (near Alsi) also do a pretty fine pizza.

Might be who I was thinking of when I named Da Nunzio.

DavidJones DavidJones 11:46 am 24 Feb 11

“Gungahlin – Pizza Capital”

Yep! I’d heard that Domino’s in Gungahlin is their best performing store in Australia.

DJ

barbiekini barbiekini 11:49 am 24 Feb 11

Pizza Capers could have done a little more research before they commissioned the artwork on their pizza van… They spelt Gungahlin wrong!

Mothy Mothy 11:55 am 24 Feb 11

DavidJones said :

Yep! I’d heard that Domino’s in Gungahlin is their best performing store in Australia.

Had thought that was Florey.

Keijidosha Keijidosha 12:39 pm 24 Feb 11

I believe it is Domino’s Florey with the highest sales in the Southern hemisphere.

AG Canberra AG Canberra 12:44 pm 24 Feb 11

Once Crust opens the rest will struggle. That is certainly the case in Erindale – Crust is packed and the others have seen a serious decline in their weekly takings. Dominos have laid off drivers and Pizza Hut is is only just surviving.

Crust = licence to print money.

jasere jasere 12:57 pm 24 Feb 11

aahhh that explains the size of all you north siders.

supply and demand.

Athryn Athryn 1:15 pm 24 Feb 11

Solidarity said :

Not a chance, EvanJames, Gunghalin is tipped to be the next great ghetto, full of lazy fat people who like to eat said pizza.

I’ve already moved in and loving it!!

Davo111 Davo111 1:45 pm 24 Feb 11

jasere said :

supply and demand.

what he said. Could have something to do with the average age, jobs, or socio economic status of the people living up there. I have a number of student friends living up there, and they would eat pizza once a week.

Lazy I Lazy I 1:56 pm 24 Feb 11

AG Canberra said :

Once Crust opens the rest will struggle. That is certainly the case in Erindale – Crust is packed and the others have seen a serious decline in their weekly takings. Dominos have laid off drivers and Pizza Hut is is only just surviving.

Crust = licence to print money.

Crust will meet their match with Pizza Capers on the same block. They may be something special against Domino’s and Pizza Hut but Pizza Capers is squarely aimed at the same market.

As for license to print money.. they were saying the same thing about Krispy Kreme franchises when they first started too… don’t believe the hype.

chewy14 chewy14 2:21 pm 24 Feb 11

AG Canberra said :

Once Crust opens the rest will struggle. That is certainly the case in Erindale – Crust is packed and the others have seen a serious decline in their weekly takings. Dominos have laid off drivers and Pizza Hut is is only just surviving.

Crust = licence to print money.

Crust in Erindale?
I’ve been there a couple of times and I wasn’t all that impressed at first and they are only getting worse.
I remember when that pizza joint opened in Weston Creek doing similar things and everyone was raving about it for the first couple of months. They then slowly started raising their prices and dropping their quality. My’s restaurant is now in their location.

gospeedygo gospeedygo 3:06 pm 24 Feb 11

Pizza chains have been serving cardboard as pizza for years. Nothing like making your own out of fresh dough.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 3:10 pm 24 Feb 11

Lazy I said :

AG Canberra said :

Once Crust opens the rest will struggle. That is certainly the case in Erindale – Crust is packed and the others have seen a serious decline in their weekly takings. Dominos have laid off drivers and Pizza Hut is is only just surviving.

Crust = licence to print money.

Crust will meet their match with Pizza Capers on the same block. They may be something special against Domino’s and Pizza Hut but Pizza Capers is squarely aimed at the same market.

As for license to print money.. they were saying the same thing about Krispy Kreme franchises when they first started too… don’t believe the hype.

I tend to agree. While I did have a ripping Peri Peri Chicken from Crust (Braddon) earlier this week I have also noticed the franchise pizza store boom we seem to be experiencing.

A few years ago it was fruit juice franchises that were all the rage.

Also, how many people made the promised money with olive and emu farms?

I wonder what the next craze will be?

Mothy Mothy 4:24 pm 24 Feb 11

Holden Caulfield said :

A few years ago it was fruit juice franchises that were all the rage.

Funny, my wife was just bemoaning the lack of a juice bar in Gungahlin at the weekend.

Am surprised it took to comment 15 before someone suggested making your own was better. Thanks Gospeedygo.

Having tried Capers, agree that yes, they are streets ahead of the Hut, Dominos and Eagle Boys in terms of freshness, but for mine I will be happy when the new Crust opens, and will switch there.

Have to wonder if they worry about cannibalizing their own market though – Braddon, Belconnen and Gungahlin is a fair weight to the North side.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 5:19 pm 24 Feb 11

Mothy said :

Have to wonder if they worry about cannibalizing their own market though – Braddon, Belconnen and Gungahlin is a fair weight to the North side.

Thankfully Gungahlin has moved on from having to go to Belconnen to get decent services. Even then the distance from Gungahlin to Belconnen is about the same as travelling in to Braddon anyway. And while the distance between those three store locations isn’t really that far, it’s still a long way to go to pick up some take away dinner.

What’s the population of Belco; 30-40K?
Gungahlin would be well on the way to being the same.

That’s probably enough to support a single store, assuming other market demands/forces are favourable.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 5:20 pm 24 Feb 11

gospeedygo said :

Pizza chains have been serving cardboard as pizza for years. Nothing like making your own out of fresh dough.

Well that probably applies to any food dish, don’t you think. Trouble is it’s not always convenient.

FD10 FD10 6:20 pm 24 Feb 11

Holden Caulfield said :

What’s the population of Belco; 30-40K?
Gungahlin would be well on the way to being the same.

Waaaaaaaaaaay off.

As of 2009, Belconnen was estimated upwards of 90,000 (Source: ABS )

Same period, Gungahlin was a tad over 40,000 (Source: ABS )

While Gungahlin’s population has increased over the last year and a half, it would in no way be approaching 90,000 now or any time soon. Look at how many pizza stores have failed in Belconnen in the last few years – Eagle Boys and Pizza Hut both closed down.

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