A company trading as “DP The Drinks People” (I haven’t yet discovered their actual company name) has created a smaller company, trading as “The Flying Coffee Bean”, which is bidding for the franchises to run railway station cafes on the basis that it is a small local company. It already has a stall at Brighton station. It has been awarded the franchise to run the cafe on platform 2 in Lewes train station.
Consequently, the genuinely local businesswoman who has run that cafe since 1984 has been given notice to quit, despite her collecting 5,000 signatures in support of her continuing to operate her successful business.
Please sign this pledge (activated if 1,000 people sign) to avoid The Flying Coffee Bean at stations. Here’s a short link to share the pledge with: http://m1n.me/hC
There’s a reason why so many towns and cities are identical. It’s because we didn’t act to change the rules of the commercial game. Lewes has plenty of form for standing up to big businesses (witness the year long picket outside the Lewes Arms pub when it was taken over and refused to stock local ale. The new owners were defeated.)
The objectives of this pledge are:
(1) to reinstate the existing business owner
(2) to maintain the character of Lewes
(3) to send an important message to large companies, telling them they cannot escape with corporate piracy.