A war of words has erupted between rival takeaway bosses, after one revealed they were planning to open up yards from the other.
Express Fast Food’s Kayvon Tehrani has been granted permission by Scarborough Council to relocate from St Thomas Street to Victoria Road. But this hasn’t gone down well with his new neighbours, not least The Band’s Muhlis Omez.
I find these objections very unfairKayvon Tehrani
In his objection to the plans, he said: “I believe that there are already more than enough hot food takeaways situated within the local vicinity.
“As a small business owner I am finding it increasingly difficult to stay afloat in these challenging economic times and I sincerely believe that any more takeaways would have a detrimental impact on the future of my business.”
And in a handful of other objections, Victoria Road residents claimed it was “completely unnecessary” for another takeaway to open up on the street, which is already home to several Chinese, Indian and pizza shops.
They also raised concerns over an increase in litter, anti-social behaviour and noise.
But Mr Tehrani claimed that his new shop, which will be used to operate his delivery service, won’t be open as late as his rivals, including The Band, and will thus be less of a magnet for disruption.
“Our delivery service will be five nights a week from 5pm till 10.30pm, unlike other takeaways who are open till midnight or early hours of the morning,” said Mr Tehrani, whose shop has been a fixture in Scarborough for 25 years.
“There are two other takeaways very close by who are open much longer hours than the one I have proposed such as (The) Band, which I believe can cause more harm to the neighbourhood and ironically he is one of the objectors.
“I just can’t understand how can my business cause more littering in the alleyways with such a short opening and closing times while there are other takeaways with longer opening hours – based on that I find these objections very unfair.”
Scarborough Council agreed, allowing the vacant Northern Domestics store to become a takeaway.