October 6, 2022

Starbucks was given a giant thumbs down by the individuals of Stroud, well-known for its impartial city centre merchants and the birthplace of Extinction Rise up.

Locals are offended that the worldwide espresso chain goes right into a publicly funded new facility containing a well being centre and library. The constructing is the city’s former Woolworths.

Stroud, inhabitants 120,000, has one worldwide model espresso store already, with a Costa and residents say ‘one is sufficient’.

The one native to welcome within the new Starbucks was a jester-capped busker, greeting customers with Idiot on the Hill within the August sunshine. However locals and day trippers mentioned they are going to be avoiding Starbucks and sticking with the impartial espresso outlets to maintain their hard-earned cash within the native financial system.

‘A part of the tradition of the city is its impartial espresso outlets. I can rely 21 of them, there could also be extra. It’s what makes Stroud such a beautiful city,’ mentioned Fran Line (pictured), 20, who has not too long ago moved to Stroud

'I am quite surprised Starbucks are coming here, we are proud to be a town full of independent shops and cafes,' said Jamie Shaw (pictured), 43, manager of Woodruffs Coffee Shop where Extinction Rebellion was founded

‘I’m fairly shocked Starbucks are coming right here, we’re proud to be a city filled with impartial outlets and cafes,’ mentioned Jamie Shaw (pictured), 43, supervisor of Woodruffs Espresso Store the place Extinction Rise up was based

Locals are angry that the global coffee chain is going into a publicly funded new facility containing a health centre and library. The building (pictured) is the town's former Woolworths

Locals are offended that the worldwide espresso chain goes right into a publicly funded new facility containing a well being centre and library. The constructing (pictured) is the city’s former Woolworths

'The town is all about independent traders, Starbucks defies that and will stick out like a sore thumb,' said Anna Capell (pictured), 23, assistant manager of independent coffee shop Little Ginger

‘The city is all about impartial merchants, Starbucks defies that and can stick out like a sore thumb,’ mentioned Anna Capell (pictured), 23, assistant supervisor of impartial espresso store Little Ginger

Daytripper Moira Fell, 67, a retired teacher from Chingford, Essex

Primary school teacher, Phoebe Lawford, 23, visiting from Bournemouth

Daytrippers Moira Fell (left), 67, a retired trainer from Chingford, Essex and first faculty Trainer, Phoebe Lawford (proper), 23, visiting from Bournemouth had been each towards Starbucks

Jamie Shaw, 43, supervisor of Woodruffs Espresso Store the place Extinction Rise up was based mentioned: ‘I’m fairly shocked Starbucks are coming right here, we’re proud to be a city filled with impartial outlets and cafes.

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‘We’ve been right here for over 20 years and concentrate on natural high-end espresso and meals. Starbucks just isn’t identified for that.’

Fran Line, 20, who has not too long ago moved to Stroud, mentioned: ‘A part of the tradition of the city is its impartial espresso outlets. I can rely 21 of them, there could also be extra. It’s what makes Stroud such a beautiful city.

‘However Starbucks will survive as a result of younger individuals prefer it as a model and it could afford to promote.’

'Stroud is well served for coffee shops already, we are all a bit confused by this announcement,' said Claire Honeyfield (pictured), 59, owner of the Made in Stroud craft and gift Shop and founder of Stroud Farmers Market

‘Stroud is properly served for espresso outlets already, we’re all a bit confused by this announcement,’ mentioned Claire Honeyfield (pictured), 59, proprietor of the Made in Stroud craft and present Store and founding father of Stroud Farmers Market

Manufacturing facility employee and occasional fan Tracey Bond, 58, from Stroud mentioned: ‘I just like the smaller espresso outlets, they’re extra pleasant. I’ll go to Starbucks if I’m anyplace else however I gained’t be utilizing the one right here when it opens’.

'Starbucks is not in keeping with what makes Stroud so special,' said Caroline Buckingham (pictured), 56, a sales assistant at the Moonflower Too gift shop

'We don't need a big corporation like Starbucks coming here and taking over,' said Grace Trevett (pictured), 65

Starbucks just isn’t in step with what makes Stroud so particular,’ mentioned Caroline Buckingham (left)), 56, a gross sales assistant on the Moonflower Too present store. Grace Trevett (proper), 65, mentioned: ‘We don’t want a giant company like Starbucks coming right here and taking up’

'It's just not appropriate,' said Trading Post Records owner Simon Vincent (pictured)

‘It’s simply not acceptable,’ mentioned Buying and selling Publish Information proprietor Simon Vincent (pictured)

Grace Trevett, 65, a weaver and occasional buyer, from Stroud mentioned: ‘We don’t want a giant company like Starbucks coming right here and taking up.

‘We’re not against large enterprise however Stroud is a neighborhood primarily based city and we like our neighborhood to thrive.’

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Daytripper Moira Fell, 67, a retired trainer from Chingford, Essex, mentioned: ‘I’ve by no means been right here earlier than however I used to be attracted by Stroud’s popularity for having an fascinating and impartial city centre.

‘It appears to me {that a} chain like Starbucks would detract from the character of someplace like Stroud.’

Trainer Andre Adrisoejoko, 31, visiting from Tub, mentioned ‘Starbucks is okay as a drive by way of however not for Stroud city centre.

‘Once I go to once more, I gained’t be going to the brand new Starbucks, it doesn’t really feel like a great match for the city.

‘It’s not an incredible model for anyplace, I a lot favor impartial buying.’

Anna Capell, 23, assistant supervisor of impartial espresso store Little Ginger mentioned: ‘Stroud is exclusive for its impartial outlets and locations to eat and was not too long ago voted one of the best place to stay within the UK.

‘The city is all about impartial merchants, Starbucks defies that and can stick out like a sore thumb.’

Simon Vincent, 54, proprietor of Buying and selling Publish Information which has been promoting uncommon vinyl within the city since 1977, mentioned: ‘It’s a poor option to put a Starbucks in a publicly funded constructing subsequent to a medical centre and library. It’s simply not acceptable.’

Caroline Buckingham, 56, a gross sales assistant on the Moonflower Too present store, mentioned ‘Starbucks just isn’t in step with what makes Stroud so particular.

‘There are many espresso outlets right here already, I wouldn’t need them to be threatened by the arrival of a global chain.’

Claire Honeyfield, 59, proprietor of the Made in Stroud craft and present Store and founding father of Stroud Farmers Market mentioned: ‘My concern is that they’re redeveloping an outdated constructing within the city for a public well being venture and library then including a Starbucks which we don’t want.

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‘Stroud is properly served for espresso outlets already, we’re all a bit confused by this announcement.’

'I will go to Starbucks if I'm anywhere else but I won't be using the one here when it opens', said factory worker and coffee fan Tracey Bond, 58, from Stroud

'The more choice there is the better,' said busker Clive Bushell, 64, from Stroud

‘I’ll go to Starbucks if I’m anyplace else however I gained’t be utilizing the one right here when it opens’, mentioned manufacturing unit employee and occasional fan Tracey Bond (left), 58. However busker Clive Bushell (proper), 64, mentioned: ‘The extra selection there may be the higher’

The centre of  Stroud, Gloucestershire where an unwanted Starbucks is moving in

The centre of  Stroud, Gloucestershire the place an undesirable Starbucks is shifting in

Stroud, population 120,000, has one international brand coffee shop already, with a Costa and residents say 'one is enough'

Stroud, inhabitants 120,000, has one worldwide model espresso store already, with a Costa and residents say ‘one is sufficient’

Main faculty trainer, Phoebe Lawford, 23, visiting from Bournemouth, mentioned: ‘The explanation I like coming to Stroud is for it’s pretty cafes and outlets which you don’t get anyplace else.

‘I’m not strongly towards large chains however there may be already a Costa right here and that’s sufficient.

‘Starbucks can be charging extra so I hope individuals follow the espresso outlets already right here.

Busker Clive Bushell, 64, from Stroud, mentioned: ‘So far as I’m involved the extra the merrier. We stay in a capitalist society and the extra selection there may be the higher.

‘If there may be going to be large competitors between Starbucks and the locals I might sing to them each one among my favorite busking tunes All You Want Is Love.’

Locals and day trippers say they will be avoiding Starbucks and sticking with the independent coffee shops

Locals and day trippers say they are going to be avoiding Starbucks and sticking with the impartial espresso outlets

Greater than 3,300 individuals have signed a petition to dam plans for the espresso chain’s outlet in a former pharmacy (inventory picture)

It's the home of Extinction Rebellion and Britain’s first organic coffee shop – so it’s no surprise that opening a Starbucks in Stroud would spark a backlash (stock image)

It’s the house of Extinction Rise up and Britain’s first natural espresso store – so it’s no shock that opening a Starbucks in Stroud would spark a backlash (inventory picture)