Plans for Hooters to open an outlet in Newcastle have been rejected by Newcastle City Council’s planning committee. The American chain, which is famous around the world for its scantily-clad waitresses, was hoping to open its 2nd UK venue in Unit B, City Quadrant on Waterloo Street. The initial plans were announced at the end of 2014 and divided opinion across the region. Many people objected to the application including Northumbria police, who were concerned about the prospect of increased crime and disorder in the city centre if the plans went ahead.
However, many people were in favour of the plans, arguing that there is nothing wrong with the way that Hooters operates and also nothing wrong with what the company represents.
Although the application was refused, an appeal by Hooters is not out of the question.
Mark James, the company’s UK general manager said,
We will wait for the planning report before deciding on an appeal. It’s 50/50. It may not be dead in the water. We are still very disappointed that such a vibrant city as Newcastle did not embrace an international brand like this.
He also made a cheeky joke about Sunderland,
The worst case scenario is we could always open in Sunderland
Once again, opinion was divided on social media once the announcement was made, confirming that Hooters would not be coming to Newcastle…
I think a hooters in Newcastle would be good for the community
— Jermaine Hudspith (@jerxzj) March 24, 2015
can't believe that Newcastle City Council have rejected an application fromr hooters to open up a restaurant in the city #unbelievablejeff
— Ritchie Forster (@clubagogo) March 25, 2015
Very happy that there'll be no Hooters in Newcastle. Strange that @EveningChron doesn't mention what happened in Bristol in their report tho
— Stacie Allan (@thissideof25) March 24, 2015
Oh good. A Hooters is opening in Newcastle. That's just what it needs. Another place for "lads" to go and ogle/shout obscenities at women.
— Holly Nielsen (@nielsen_holly) March 24, 2015
Obviously no newcastle councillor has never been to the Bigg Market on a Saturday night, more on view than hooters.
— John Leonard (@RealJohnLeonard) March 24, 2015