Rail company demands forced me to close, claims cafe owner

Rail company demands forced me to close, claims cafe owner

Rail company demands forced me to close, claims cafe owner

First published in News

A cafe has been forced to close after a rail operator demanded a greater slice of the profits, its owner claims.

Bean and Gone had been open on platform two at Witham rail station for the last three-and-a-half years until March 31.

Owner Sharon Chamberlain claims she had to close because of the increased demands made by Greater Anglia, but the company disputes this.

Mrs Chamberlain, 53, said: “Greater Anglia have insisted I pay because they think £20,000 a year is not enough rent.

“They are asking for an extra 15 per cent of my total profits.

“As a small independent business, it makes me sick to my stomach that they can treat people this way.”

A Greater Anglia spokesman said: “We are now going through the tendering process to select a new tenant, who will be confirmed in due course.

“The rental is not automatically raised at contract end and was not done so on this occasion and any suggestion to the contrary is inaccurate.

“It was entirely the decision of the tenant at Bean and Gone to vacate the premises when the contract ended."

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10:45am Tue 15 Apr 14

keith_l says...

Add to that the fact that Greater Anglia built a second coffee shop in an alcove on the platform, closer to the bottom of the stairs, and the newspaper stall has started selling coffee, there must have been considerable decline in the number of customers for the original cafe on the station.
Add to that the fact that Greater Anglia built a second coffee shop in an alcove on the platform, closer to the bottom of the stairs, and the newspaper stall has started selling coffee, there must have been considerable decline in the number of customers for the original cafe on the station. keith_l
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1:29pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Bhudeeka says...

I notice that Abellio and theire predecors have made no attempts to take action about that van parked outside now selling drinkis when they were parked there for years without paying anything and they were parked illegally as usual its the lawa abiding who get treated badly
I notice that Abellio and theire predecors have made no attempts to take action about that van parked outside now selling drinkis when they were parked there for years without paying anything and they were parked illegally as usual its the lawa abiding who get treated badly Bhudeeka
  • Score: -2

11:47am Wed 16 Apr 14

The Stinker Returns says...

Oh well, at least she can say she's been and gone now!
Oh well, at least she can say she's been and gone now! The Stinker Returns
  • Score: 1

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