Passing by Taylor St Baristas Sunday evening, I learnt the sad news it had closed its doors for the very last time.
I thought something was up, as a To Let sign on the front of the shop.
Apparently it was not doing very well, and the decision was made to close.
A pity as it served excellent coffee.
But, it was in the wrong location. Had it been located in North Laine, it would not be closing.
We are also up against the greed of Tolley, Tolley and Tolley, two brothers and a sister, and their lack of business skills.
They are more interested in trying to create a chain, than focussing on one or two coffee shops and letting the business grow organically.
We have seen the same with Harris + Hoole, Tesco 49% share, massive expansion over a couple of years, massive expenditure, massive losses and now coffee shops are closing.
What kills many small business, is the greed of landlords, driving up rents to unaffordable levels. That too may have been a factor.
The loss is not only to Brighton of an excellent coffee shop, albeit in the wrong location, but also to the excellent staff who worked there. Unlike Costa or Starbucks, staff who knew and cared about coffee.
If a decision had been made to close, why not give the staff the option to take it over and run as a cooperative?
Now, yet another empty vacant shop unit.