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Coffee shop another victim of high street slump
2:00pm Friday 16th August 2013 in News
THE town’s high street has suffered another casualty as Beoffee becomes the latest unit in Golden Square to close.
Described by customers as a ‘home from home’, the popular coffee shop said goodbye to shoppers on Friday after blaming high rents, rates, VAT and ‘unhelpful banks’.
The closure now means the Horsemarket Street side of the shopping centre has only a handful of filled units after New Look moved to the other side of the centre in February.
A sign in the window of the cafe from Jan Bonello said: “This is a very sad moment for me, Jennifer Lawrence, the teams who have worked with us and our loyal customers who will all miss their ‘second home’.
“Many comments have been ‘Why are you shutting when you’re always so busy?’ but we’ve not been busy enough especially since the loss of New Look and most of the other shops on this side of the mall.
“The only places left to visit are a phone shop, Holland and Barrett and Timpsons.”
Golden Square bosses announced in November last year New Look would move to make way for fashion favourite Primark but the unit has been empty for most of the year as Primark is not set to open until the autumn.
The sign from Jan continues: “This is a very sad time for me especially as Primark is about to open opposite which would have helped us pay our way.
“Beoffee has closed with no future, no money and maybe a big hole in lots of people’s hearts - certainly in mine.”
Retailers in the town had a crushing start to the year in 2013 as Old Market Square photo shop Jessops closed quickly followed by film rental store Blockbusters, which has three stores in the town, and Golden Square music store HMV.
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