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Dozens of jobs expected from new KFC in town

By This is Cornwall  |  Posted: March 18, 2009

An artist's impression showing how the proposed KFC at Holmbush may look. Image supplied by Alan Leather Associates Ltd

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DOZENS of jobs could soon be created in St Austell with news of a KFC open in the town.

The St Austell Guardian can reveal a mystery local developer will be submitting plans for the fast food giant on the A390 at Holmbush in the next couple of weeks.

If all goes to plan, the 2,500sq ft 60-80 seat restaurant – including a drive thru – could be open before the end of the year, creating 35 jobs.

"This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for St Austell," said the developer. "KFC doesn't want to come into the town centre and we think we've got the perfect site."

KFC currently has two stores in Cornwall – in Penzance and Newquay – with another planned for Bodmin in the future. Hundreds of thousands of pounds will be invested in the St Austell restaurant, on the site of the Holmbush Cafe.

"The building there at the moment is an eyesore," said the developer.

"That is one of people's first impressions as they drive into St Austell. You come down the bypass with those beautiful sea views, turn onto Holmbush Road and see that. It's awful and we want to improve it.

"Domino's Pizzas and Blockbuster have both been interested in the site, but we're glad it's KFC.

"We've spoken to thousands of people in the last three years and virtually every one of them wants to see a KFC.

"Lots of people from St Austell drive to Plymouth or Newquay just to eat there.

"It's a huge investment in St Austell and shows my commitment to the town. I think it's exactly what the town needs."

A public consultation meeting is being held on Monday (23) at Cuddra Village Hall between 4.30pm and 7.30pm.

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  • trelawneyone  |  March 02 2012, 4:25PM

    great for st austell its a long time coming that is if it is successful i just hope it is. dg

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    claire, st austell  |  March 22 2010, 7:58PM

    i think st austell needs a KFC and i cant wait for it to happen i will be one of the first customers, after all there is only so many burgers and pizzas you can eat and they mainly taste like cardboard.

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    LINDA AND BOB, ST JUST IN ROSELAND  |  January 21 2010, 7:15PM

    We think its great to have KFC ,Newquay is too far.Truro need a KFC how about opening one there.We havnt even got a good fish and chip outlet at St Mawes.Well done KFC.

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    Miss Tumble, Truro "City of Light, City of Sound"  |  November 05 2009, 1:57PM

    BRING IT ON !! No more driving to Newquay (can't park) or 30 miles or so to Penzance. KFC is the number 1 hangover cure - when are they opening? :)

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    Will, Par  |  October 05 2009, 8:07PM

    KFC is the best of the fast food, i say let there be chicken :P. its walkking distance frm my house

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    shaun and eliot, tywardreath  |  May 16 2009, 10:34AM

    me and a friend of mine are lookin for a job we both 17 and we onli live 10 minutes away

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    brian, holmbush rd  |  March 27 2009, 4:18PM

    why does holmbush need another fast(junK) food outlet. The pub, fish/chips,chinese is more than sufficient for such a small community. It is a very poor site for such a takeaway ,just so the passing traffic can go to the first fast food outlet on reaching St Awfell. Apart from the usual complaints, I fear for the emergency services trying to respond to 999calls especially with the introduction of the speed reduction bollards Anyone who craves a cfk can still drive to plymouth or newquay so long as they stay away from my doorstep

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    linda, par  |  March 25 2009, 7:17PM

    if you want to make holmbush pretty rip down the industrial estate & tesco in fact lets all go back to living in caves or why not yet another hairdressers or pasty shop!!Bring on the finger licken chicken

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    A concerned local, St Austell  |  March 25 2009, 3:37PM

    Thank you for pointing out my obvious mistake. I'm sure it would seem prosperous to many people, however I meant to say completely preposterous.

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    Dooby, Cornwall  |  March 25 2009, 3:04PM

    Completely prosperous eh? Yes, I suspect that is why they chose that location, to make money and increase prosperity...