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Plans To Open Second Hooters Restaurant In UK Slammed As Petition Labels It 'Degrading'

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Plans To Open Second Hooters Restaurant In UK Slammed As Petition Labels It 'Degrading'

Controversial plans to open a second Hooters restaurant in the UK have been met by a petition calling the chain 'an archaic and chauvinistic brand'.

Labour Councillor Maria Toolan started the petition and at the time of writing more than 100 people have signed.

The Hooters branch in Nottingham is currently the only location in the UK. Credit: Alamy
The Hooters branch in Nottingham is currently the only location in the UK. Credit: Alamy

Cllr Toolan believes that Hooters 'demeans and degrades women and undermines female equality'.

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The UK's only Hooters is currently in Nottingham and according to their website: "Hooters is the restaurant for everyone, whether its a girls' night out, office party or a birthday celebration, you can't help but have a great time here."

However, the upcoming plans will involve branching out to Liverpool city centre with a location on Water Street - New Zealand House and Oriel Chambers.

Oriel Chambers, Water Street, Liverpool. Credit: Alamy
Oriel Chambers, Water Street, Liverpool. Credit: Alamy

The full petition reads: "Hooters is an archaic and chauvinistic brand and this type of venue is no longer reflective of today's society.

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"Hooters employs women to promote its business activities in an exploitative manner, it demeans and degrades women and undermines female equality.

"We believe it will attract interest from a narrow unwanted demographic and will cause increased anti-social behaviour.

"We have the support of our Mayor, Police Commissioner, MPs and local residents and we hope we can rely on yours.

"Please show your solidarity by signing our petition."

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As per Liverpool Echo, Toolan's colleague Cllr Nick Small said the bar could undermine the existing night time economy around Water Street.

Credit: change.org
Credit: change.org

He said: "Residents are very concerned about the brand and that it will attract stag dos and football parties and if it is the right part of the city centre for that."

Merseyside PCC Emily Spurrell added: "A Hooters bar only works to undermine our efforts to tackle misogyny & the objectification of women."

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Last week, Mayor Joanne Anderson tweeted: "Please sign this petition. This type of business undermines all the great work which our local organisations are doing to promote the eradication of violence against women and girls.

"Do share with your friends, family and colleagues."

LADbible has contacted Hooters for comment.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Business, UK News, Food And Drink

Anish Vij
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