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Crawley restaurant transforms into new Pizzeria



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Owner Yashar Koksal opened Hispalis Tapas Restaurant a couple of years ago but has made the decision to change it into an exciting new Pizzeria.

The new restaurant, called ‘Mio Gusto’ which means ‘My Taste’ in italian will open officially on the 11th march and will have a brand new look inside.

With walls taken down it will be all open planned and a brand new fresh look and appeal for its guests.

The menu will be all about Italian cuisine from hand made pizzas to fresh pasta made on-site along with an exciting à la carte menu.

In addition there will be live music and if you can’t hang around to dine within you will be able to use their new take-away service.

With the Rhythm nightclub upstairs and currently open on Fridays and Saturday nights, once the restuarant opens Yashar is then going to finish refurbing the other half of the club to make it a two room club.

Yashar said:

“This is about bringing something new and exciting to Crawley. With an exciting new venue and a nightclub for people to go and enjoy after they have eaten, this is the perfect place for people to come for a complete night out.”


BREAKING NEWS: Sainsbury’s to close Crawley town centre store



It has been an historic part of the town centre for decades, but now the supermarket on Queensway is to close its doors with the potential loss of jobs.

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Sainsbury’s says it has made the difficult decision after announcing it would close up to 15 supermarkets a year ago, pre-covid.

Sources close to the Crawley supermarket say that staff began finding out the news yesterday.

The supermarket said they would work with their staff at the site to try to find alternative roles within the firm.

A Sainsbury’s spokesperson speaking to Crawley News 24 said,

“We have updated colleagues on the difficult decision to close our Crawley store and we are doing everything we can to find alternative roles within Sainsbury’s for those affected.

“Customers can continue to shop with us online and at our nearby stores. For example, our West Green store is a short drive away.”

Whilst a date for the closure has not been announced, some sources say it could be as soon as January ’21.

Cllr Peter Smith Cabinet member for Planning and Economic said:

“I am sorry for the staff that will lose their jobs at this difficult time when most supermarkets are reporting improving profits.

We have had enquiries from other supermarkets looking for suitable sites who may recognise that there will shortly be an additional 2500 residential homes just a short walk away from this prestigious location. We will be doing all we can to help find a quality occupier as soon as we can.”

Crawley Councillor Francis Guidera said:

“It is tremendously saddening to read that one of the original major shops in the town centre is closing. A lot of housing provision is currently being created in the town centre area and there is an increasing, not decreasing need for food retailers in the town centre.

We haven’t even begun to knock down the administrative offices of the town hall which will be replaced by a huge apartment block, and they are still building the first apartment block on the former council car park as I type this! I genuinely hope that another food retailer grabs the huge opportunity to take on that store.”

The news comes just one after one of the most iconic town centre independent store, P&J Sweets also announced they were to close.

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