Friday, 11 March 2016

When Huge Companies Divide Small Towns

I live in a small corner of East Kent in a lovely little seaside town, that has a great little personality and a nice selection of independent shops and coffee shops. Now the shops in town are not great, in fact some say they are a bit crap as it has sadly declined over the years with rising rents and charges and people wanting to go big outlets and shopping centres, But my little town seems to hold its own and people really do support the independent shops. That is except the local town Councillors!
Independent shops make our town like it is

A few days before Christmas last year the staff at the local Shoe Zone were made redundant, They were told that Shoe zone would be pulling out of town and sadly that would leave us without a shoe shop (other than Clark's). As sad as this is, it soon turned to anger for many people who live in the town as it emerged that Starbucks had swiftly come in and offered more rent than Shoe Zone could pay, So their sneaky underhanded tactics have succeeded in making life difficult for many people. But surely if Starbucks opens its doors in Deal, what will happen to all the independent coffee shops? They are local companies who are owned by local people, hey one could even be your neighbour, your brother or your son. So what happens when a huge company comes in and takes all this away, they take the profit and the local people start to feel the effects? Its not like Starbucks are about to put money back into the community - Heck they don't even pay the full UK tax, So why would our local town council get behind a huge brand like Starbucks instead of supporting local communities and seeing what they need? Well I do believe that Peter Jull of Deal and Walmer Chamber of Trade says it all!  He said: “There’s a national trend for traditional high streets to move away from shops to places offering refreshments. It’s very difficult for Deal to buck that trend. There is the fact that many would consider Deal over subscribed with coffee shops already.
It appears that Costa has a wider following than Starbucks and Starbucks will probably have less of an effect than Costa did. Most of the independents survived the arrival of Costa. Hopefully there is enough trade for all.”  full story here

Really! I have to ask myself why would we want more coffee shops than retail? What happens to the elderly that want to buy things from their town - the town they grew up in, the town that is theirs! Below are just a few of our independent coffee shops in one street, all likely to suffer soon.




Of course there have been whispers over the years the years that the town council want people to come down from London and buy second homes to get away from the rat race, So is this all for the benefit of the Londoners? Are they favouring the idea of turning this into a fashionista town for the people that don't even live here? Why would we want retail when we can just sit and sip coffee all day long?

What ever the reason is for the choice of allowing Starbucks into our town, I am sure they have some reason for doing so! As for the small businesses that are likely to suffer and the people that cant afford to buy new things because the they have to buy out of town, I suppose we don't matter! We as a small town should be fighting against the rise of online shopping and we should be supporting our local shops, but with town councils like this one placing coffee shops instead of 'proper shops' then it feels like a losing battle!
The unfortunate casualty!
The planning permission meeting is today and there have been 88 objections, yet Starbucks are so confident that they have this deal done and dusted, that they have been advertising for staff for weeks. Surely this is taking the piss a bit, when they haven't even got the planning permission to convert the shop to a coffee shop. Do they know something that we don't?


16 comments:

  1. Well written, def sums deal high street up.We the residents do not count anymore.Its true its not what you know its who you know.Makes me so angry.

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  2. My local high street is full of phone shops, nail bars and coffee shops. We still have our Shoezone but our Clarks closed a couple of years ago. High streets are not what they used to be. I don't buy coffee when I'm out. I'd much rather wait until I get home and make myself one x

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  3. What a load of old tosh. Stick to the facts, ShoeZone sold out to Starbucks because the local people stopped buying their shoes.

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    1. Hahaha Shoezone don't own the building so can't 'sell out' to anyone. I'm assuming you've applied and got a job at the new Starbucks being forced upon this little town. DIMWIT

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    2. I am sorry that you are not happy with the things I have written, everybody is entitled to an opinion and I am happy to approve this post. But If you wish to comment again in the future, you can comment anon instead of wasting time setting up a fake account, you may post that way. I appreciate all types of comments and welcome peoples different opinions. They say a blogger has made the big time when they get nasty comments comments. Thank you for making it happen.

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    3. This is just stupid. Deal does not need another coffee shop, let alone a major franchise that pays no taxes. They are bringing nothing to the little town of deal, they're just going to take money. Deal needs more decent shops for shoes, clothes etc. The little coffee shops we have are the ones that are going to lose out here. I don't know what DTC are playing at but I definitely think this shouldn't be allowed to happen.

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  4. What a rubbish blog post - stick to the facts you dim wit!

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    1. I am so sorry you feel this way. in the last month 27,233 have read my blog and this is the only bad comment from a fake account. I quite like my odds of 27,233 - 1. Thank you for your comments

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  5. Local people stopped buying shoes from ShoeZone and sold out to Starbucks.

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    1. Ahh that explains people walking through town bare foot! thank you for your comment.

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    2. Haaa love it when people think they know it all .when they actually know nothing, oh well its good for a chuckle on a sat night

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  6. same as Margate full of empty shops nothing left so sad hate going to wwx as never find anywhere to park and go round round i personaly like deal little independent shops , lovely place xx

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    1. It is so sad about Margate, I remember when there were so many shops in the town, but its all gone to Westwood now xx

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  7. Deal Regatta Week and Carnival celebrates its 190th Anniversary this year Deal Regatta week brings in a massive amount of tourism and Trade to the Town. It is supported by the independent traders in the town and gets no support from any of the Multiple Retailers or Major Franchise holders.

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  8. We're a little more north than you but it's exactly the same here. I'm not sure if it's London companies and shops coming down or something else. It's such a shame though.

    As for above, I miss Margate as it was. Used to be brilliant. I feel old with my kids when I tell them how it was and what it was like. Horrid really.

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  9. We lost our only charity shop (YMCA) that sold large furniture and electricals to a coffee shop, the lease was sold out from under their feet - they were basically told you have to be gone this week, but we aren't sure what day!

    I can believe the way the high street is going, soon it will only be Starbucks, Cafe Nero and Costa, surrounded by phone shops and estate agents..

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