What do you think about a Starbucks in Sittingbourne?
Following the hugely controversial proposal for a Costa Coffee in Faversham which deeply divided public opinion, I wonder what people might think of a Starbucks at 92 The High Street (the former Evans shop).
There are a lot of very nice independent coffee shops in our High Street already, so do we need a national multiple as well?
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Well dont get me wrong independent coffee shops are fantastic and creates variety. But ther eis no doubt that getting a big name like this in the town will only further encrouage other big named retailers.....which the town oh so desperately needs. Also a good branded shop thats employing local people is better than a shabby looking vacant building.
All in all its the right thing for the town as a whole..however based on starbucks tax hisotry....maybe it would be nice to have Costa...a British company instead. but either way its only going to have a positive impact on the town.
Can't understand why people so negative.
I really hope to see either Costa or Starbucks
The conduct of corporations such as Starbucks are the reason why economic deprivation of the kind which towns like Sittingbourne has had to endure for a long time now, exists in the first place.
Since opening, Starbucks have paid a total of £8.6m (8,600,000) of tax in the UK despite generating £3bn (3,000,000,000) of revenue in the same period in the UK. This amounts to around 0.3%. Now... as a hard working taxpayer who pays their fair share of their monthly 'revenue' or income to HMRC, do you not think this is wildly unfair?
Tabloids and beer guzzling sweaty men will have you believe that the really evil are the benefit fraudsters who claim a few grand a year (don't get me wrong, that's still bad) but they don't have a scratch on real villains like Starbucks, who walk away with a pat on the back and a thank you very much.
Support local people, independent business, and not these huge, faceless, muggers.
I can't understand it??? Why Sittingbourne??
Its not as if we have anything else to help us aspire to be a 'Starbucks' town ( affluent consumers, people prepared to waste a lot of money on a cup of coffee, people who need wifi to run their business laptops etc etc).(how I wish!!)
I'm guessing this is a franchise with a seriously misguided/optimistic owner.....sorry, the prices you are likely to charge aren't on benefit levels, and since, when I wander around the town, I see and hear, many people who are clearly living on benefit or minimum wage or low paid jobs (and yes, I hate how this town had become a benefit, minimum wage, unskilled, place when it used to be a highly skilled, affluent, aspired to, industrial town,... but that's another matter,... go talk to SBC!!!)
TBH I hope it doesn't do well....independents like Blundells cafe, Peaches, and the places in Roman Square and the High Street treat their custo