Bao: Starbucks opens on Thursdays and cafeterias are divided downtown

Arrival does not see Bastien Mitowa, owner of the Little Monkey bar, at 23 rue Valéry Meunier, “positively”. The place is especially known – and appreciated – for its craft beer. However, the restaurateur fears this new competition: “They do what we do, iced tea, …

Arrival does not see Bastien Mitowa, owner of the Little Monkey bar, at 23 rue Valéry Meunier, “positively”. The place is especially known – and appreciated – for its craft beer. However, the restaurateur dreads this new competition: “They do what we do, iced tea, bubble tea. But not with local produce. And then, it’s still a franchise, they’re helped and we’re not.”

There is no help for the self-employed

Bastien Mitua is still struggling to understand that Starbucks received €40,000 from Agglo as part of its “help with installation”. These deliberations were discussed at length last March during the Community Council. In September 2021, a car crashed into the front of our house. We had to lock for five months while waiting for the new door and got no help. When we opened our doors again, we asked the peasants to stop the cars in front of them. It was just installed! ‘, don’t take off this boss. And to add ‘it’s hard enough already, with staff we can’t hire.’ Master Bayrou, he’d better not come to see us, I don’t think he’d be happy with what we tell him.”

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A few meters away, right across from Starbucks, Cafe Europe and its large balcony overlooking Rue Foch. Behind his office, Laurent Ferreira takes orders from regulars and tourists who left early Tuesday morning. He gladly notes their return. Regarding his new neighbor, he is more predictable, “We will not draw a plan on the comet. We will wait and see.”

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On the other hand, at 20, rue Foch, in Cristal, Loïc Lacabanne is quieter, rather “content”. “Bau City needs big brands like this to attract other big groups like this. Here, on Foch Street, we average 10,000 people a day. We need more inflows and Starbucks can help,” says this manager. . Who would have thought that downtown traffic would grow with this access.

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Loïc Lacabanne calculated, “Starbucks will steal 10% of our customers and bring us 15%. We don’t do the same. We may only have one coffee shop, but it’s one of the best brands. And we have daily hot specials, a cup of coffee at 1.50 euros, which is cheaper.” at 32% off its house price, and cold drinks…”

To get around this problem, he relies on his clients from “his family, of all ages” and on the transformation of his establishment. “We have been planning to operate for two years. It should be done in 2023. We want to start a quick sale ”, reveals the president of Cristal.

Pyrenees Park, Manu de Cotto, one of Columbus’ chiefs shares his fellow Crystal sentiment. “Of course, it’s direct competition for us and for this type of coffee, we were the only ones. But it’s a nice brand being created downtown. Coming here shows that Bao has real potential, and it’s moving. He hopes Starbucks can attract big groups Others, especially in her artery.” “It is horrible to see so many stores closed, and for so long, in the park. »


The Cristal team at 20 Foch Street are not afraid of this contender arriving downtown.

Mark Zirnold

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