A large food chain is moving into a downtown Burton store that has been closed for more than a year.
The former Carphone Warehouse unit in Middleway Park near Guild Street will now be transformed into the German restaurant chain Doner Kebab, which has more than 50 stores across Europe and the Middle East.
Carphone Warehouse was closed in March last year, when retailer Dixons Carphone announced it would close the 531 stand-alone Carphone Warehouse stores.
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However, plans were later submitted to East Staffordshire Borough Council to install new signs in the unit – but for an entirely different business.
The German Doner Kebab is now ready to take over the unit. The chain was founded in Berlin in 1989 and “created a healthy, nutritionally balanced approach to traditional kebabs,” its website says.
The brand plans to open 47 new locations across the UK this year, joining 12 new branches opened in 2020. The closest to Burton is currently at Intu in Derby.
The kebabs are prepared fresh in front of customers, using lean meats, fresh local vegetables and hand-toasted “waffle” breads, along with its “secret sauces”.
Doner kebabs are the star of the menu, but there are also doner quesadillas, burgers, wraps and fries loaded with doner meat.
Dixons Carphone’s decision to shut down all of its stand-alone stores resulted in the loss of 2,900 jobs as it focused on selling mobile devices at 305 Currys PC World stores, as well as online. At the time, it was said that around 40 percent of the staff would be given new roles.
The move was described by the company as “an essential next step” as customers changed the way they buy cell phones, replacing handsets less often and buying them separately.
The Burton store was targeted three times by armed robbers in the years leading up to its closure.
The first time was in April 2017, then again in March and April 2018.
In March, three men entered the Carphone Warehouse and attempted to steal smartphones on display.
While a man held the door open, two men stole an iPhone 8 Plus and damaged an iPhone 9 beyond repair while trying to steal it, before assaulting a staff member as they escaped.
A second theft from the same store occurred in April when four men began removing phones from display racks.
The men got away with a Samsung Note 8, Samsung S9, Samsung S9 Plus, and Huawei P20. Two other phones were also damaged.
No one has ever stopped.
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