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Wake Up To Smell The Coffee On The Main Street – Kevn Buckle

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Cafes are often blamed when ‘cool’ companies are forced to pack their bags and move out

There is no doubt that this is a great site and without disrespecting the Johnnie Walker experience at the other end of Princes Street, most people consider it best to be close to the St James Quarter.

It has been empty for some time and after reviewing it myself the rent quoted by the officers was not unreasonable. Of course, commercial tariffs remain a long-term problem to be solved and an important factor for any business wishing to open a store in the city center.

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I don’t know much about Black Sheep Coffee, but upon searching the internet they have become the BrewDog of the coffee world. It’s certainly much better to be a cafe than to be left empty, but that doesn’t bode well for the long-term future of one of Europe’s most famous streets.

No matter how wonderful a cafe is, no one has ever visited a city just because it has great coffee and as such it will never be an attraction for visitors, just something that feeds on the visitors attracted for other reasons.

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This has never been more evident than in New York where the cool part of the city has moved from neighborhood to neighborhood for decades. The last famous neighborhood was Williamsburg and Rough Trade even opened there, but hardly was it established that others were talking about moving to Bushwick next door.

Of course, New York has a different layout than Edinburgh, which makes it much easier to move from one neighborhood to another, but the reason for the move was that as one neighborhood became the perfect place for cafes and trendy places to eat, it would be more beneficial to offer higher rents. until the companies that were originally there had to move.

Interestingly to me, the two cool businesses essential to such a neighborhood were often cited as record stores and vintage clothing stores. While not the only culprit cafes, they were normally blamed for making them leave and once that happened the place was just a place to have lunch.

It’s not always the cafes that are to blame. Eight years ago, Bleecker Bob’s, a famous Greenwich Village record store, was replaced by a frozen yogurt chain. Such was the outcry that the new owners even offered space that could be reserved for a smaller record store inside. While frozen yogurt never really took off, cafes are more successful than ever and quickly become chains losing even more uniqueness.

The story of business experts who don’t own a business is that shopping on the shopping street is almost over when in reality one of the outcomes of the pandemic has been that once they were forced to buy everything online. , people really started to miss the stores, and the bored young shoppers of sitting inside discovered that browsing the stores rather than the internet is much more interesting.

As I said before, the general public can make a comeback, just like vinyl, but it will need support.

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