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Row brewing over chain’s plan for coffee shop
9:20am Thursday 1st November 2012 in News
COFFEE drinkers in Pershore have backed plans for a chain to open a new outlet in the town – despite the venture facing fierce opposition from traders.
A number of existing cafés and tea rooms have launched petitions against the application from Coffee #1 to convert the former Ezee PC’S shop at 12 High Street.
But not everyone is against the plans. Resident Peter Johnson said he would welcome a new place to get good quality coffee.
He said: “I would welcome Coffee #1. I can’t imagine we have enough of a footfall to attract the larger chains, but with it being a small chain, I think this is just the right sort of company to provide a boost to Pershore, and attract people who may be drinking coffee and spending money elsewhere. If one or more of the cafés does suffer, they should know it is because they haven’t been offering what the public want.”
Comments left on our website have proved Mr Johnson is not alone, with posts including: “Coffee#1 will be a welcome addition to the High Street, the sooner the better.”
But an online poll at eveshamjournal.co.uk showed that 66 per cent of voters agreed with the petition, which has now attracted about 1,000 signatures.
Terry Smith, who owns tea shop Sugar and Spice, said: “People have even been coming into the shop just to sign the petition.”
Coffee#1 has more than 25 outlets across Wales and the South West with the nearest being in Tewkesbury.
It intends to open between 8am and 6pm from Monday to Saturday and from 9am until 5pm on Sundays, and to employ 10 full-time and 10 part-time employees.