Starbucks this week closed its shop in West Street, Horsham, after 10 years of trading there. But the coffee giant has so far refused to explain why it has left, amid rumours in the town that the company has been priced out of Horsham by its landlord.
Gill Buchanan, chairman of business partnership Horsham Unlimited, said: “The business community is disappointed that Starbucks is looking to leave Horsham. The decision will have been made based on its internal UK strategies and we are not party to these. We are aware of many brands looking to be in Horsham, but they will wait for the right space in the right pitch, and I am sure that the Starbucks unit will generate much interest.
“Overall, there is a lot of change which is great news for the people of Horsham. High streets and shopping centres evolve to meet the needs of their shoppers and changing business requirements in terms of space and pitch. Lettings and planning take time but often result in great new arrivals to the town or businesses upsizing, investing tens if not hundreds of thousands of pounds in their new stores.
“It is not just new arrivals and new stores such as Pret a Manger, Moshulu Shoes and Crew who have been investing in the town centre recently, with Clintons refurbishing its Swan Walk store, Moss reopening after a significant refurbishment and TK Maxx relaunching its new-look store. These are all signs of a really positive town centre economy in what are difficult times for many businesses, both national and independent.”
The Resident asked Starbucks for a statement but did not receive a response before our print deadline today. We also attempted to contact the landlord through the current seller, Colyer Commercial, but did not receive a comment.