Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Caffe Nero plan for Solihull

CAFFÉ Nero has submitted a planning application to open a branch in High Street, Solihull.

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The firm has applied for a store at 15-19 High Street, currently used by Charlie Browns.

It predicted 2,500 people a week would use the branch.

While the UK’s retail trade faces trading “as difficult as the preceding three years” Caffé Nero’s business is at a “consistent level” the application says.

It says: “Caffé Nero have proved to be resistant to such economic downturns and has become a long term asset to many towns, not only providing facilities for shoppers but also local jobs.”

The firm has applied to change the official permitted use of the ground floor to mixed A1/A3 use, which allows take in and take out food and drink.

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12 comments:

  1. hi,
    I don't really have any objection, but is it me, or are the only small retail outlets that are booming alongside the big supermarkets, Coffee Shops, Charity Shops, Pound Shops and Betting shops.
    It's pretty depressing really.

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  2. I can't even think where Charlie Browns is or what it is? Costa doesn't seem to have done any harm, in fact busy places to socialise seem to breath some life into the village.

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  3. There simply are not enough customers in Solihull to support yet another coffee outlet. Does anyone remember coffee nation which closed in solihull back in 2002/03 in the same location after a couple of months? Or Gloria Jean coffee or the coffee roaster on Manor Walk, or the coffee shoppe in Drury Lane? There are several more food/coffee outlets that have also closed in the last year. I run/own one of the only independants left in the town centre and after 12 years this sector is not booming in the town. This shop will open, but will not last.

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    1. I think it is impossible to verify your opening statement. What appears to happen when organisations such as Costa Coffee open is that supply creates demand. In Knowle, a Costa has opened right opposite the French Artisan Bakery/cafe but a completely different group of people appear to be using it. Brace yourself, for eating your words!

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  4. yes richard but no offence but caffe nero is a lot more established than the examples you gave. and gloria jeans was in a bad location. caffe nero in a prime location for me ticks all the boxes

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  5. I visited caffe Nero in Solihull today a lovely spacious and bright store, the coffee was excellent and staff friendly, a welcome addition to Solihull, will be visiting this coffee shop regularly from now on!

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  6. In fact the opening of costa in knowle has had a detrimental effect on the bread collection, I speak to the owner most weekends! Cafe Nero is in fact not hitting its targets.

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  7. I go to costa and meet people in costa -none of us ever used the cafe at the artisan baker - however, as I am only across the road I now buy the odd cake and bread rolls etc from the artisan baker! Also look in Covent Garden if i want to buy fish!
    cafe nero does not seem that busy and not that attractive really - so much depends on the original building and this isn't so nice but its better than another empty unit

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    1. You should use and support your local independent shops, a multinational like costa does not need your money.

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    2. I use the coffee shop at the baker's shop, mostly in the winter, as you can't sit outside in the summer. The coffee is beautiful. Their cakes are to die for, and not expensive.

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  8. I have tried cafe in artisan bakery - not that good and the Catwalk cafe also which is disappointing. Did also visit tearoom come gallery that now auction rooms which has now gone.
    These places need to up their game if they want to get customers in.
    Also I use independent shops but whether you like it or not little tesco and one stop are a blessing for local people

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  9. Cornish pasty company closing down on the High Street and just heard today from the horses mouth that Cafe Neros days are numbered.

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