Another (retail) shop on my local high street is closing. The plan is to convert it into a branded coffee shop outlet. I live in a small ‘town’ in the Borough of Lewisham, and I can already count at least 12 coffee/sandwich shops, and that’s not including pubs and restaurants also offering coffee during the day.
Are we really turning into a nation of constant caffeine imbibers and snackers? Can all these places really survive? Have we reached saturation point?
Don’t get me wrong, I remember a time not THAT long ago that a customer came into the coffee/pastry shop my wife was working in (as a student) to return the ground coffee they had bought because “it makes terrible coffee” - it turns out they treated it like instant, because ‘that’s how coffee is made’
Are we doomed to see good ideas replicated to the point we become unaware of them (e.g. Boots) or sick of them (viz Byron Burger*)?
Sometimes too much of a good thing really is too much! #KeepWineSpecial
(* I realise that the underlying business is doing well, but we don’t love them enough to fill every single one of the copies they decide to open all over the place, especially as all their competitors do the same)