It really is tough for the stand alone entrepreneur these days. Without a large group of restaurants and economies of scale from design, concept to cost control on the F&B items, most don’t stand a chance. Couple that with the rental extortion and it’ll deter you from ever owning your own retail outlet.
A small coffee shop opened up on Queens Road East last year taking the place previously occupied by a bakery. Named “Coffee Shop“, it was not an exciting addition. The signage was simple and within, a large wall mural reminiscent of the Keith Haring style paintings of a naked man seemingly running among exploding stars. The coffee machine looked high end and expensive, the staff behind the counter looked a bit bored. The space between the counter and the door felt a bit empty.
There were no tables or seating areas provided. I suppose the owners subscribed to the concept of grab and go, hoping that clients would pop in for a drink in one hand and a croissant in the other to scurry to their workplace. I walked past this little coffee shop many times and never saw anyone in it.
Is it a surprise that it’s shut down? I guess it’s more amazing that they lasted as long as they did.
Here’s their apology note to suppliers and clients alike.
Let’s see what replaces it and when.