Edinburgh cafes: Gloria Jean's coffee shop in Hanover Street closes suddenly

Cafe owners said they were forced to close due to spiralling costs.
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Popular cafe Gloria Jean’s on Hanover Street in the city centre has closed down suddenly due to spiralling costs.

The cafe is the latest in a string of closures of cafe’s in the Capital with several shutting their doors in the past few months, including Elephant and Bagels, Blue Bear Cafe and Roots as well as Costa Coffee on Haddington Place. Owned by the Australian coffee giant the Hanover Street store has been emptied and signage already taken down. It was still listed on the Gloria Jean’s website on Saturday 6 May.

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A manager told the Evening News: “We are relocating because the costs were spiralling there. Electricity, rent and wages were major contributors. We are securing another premises in the city and plan to reopen there in the coming months. It would be premature to confirm location now until it’s finalised. I think the governments need to give more support to small businesses before names disappear from the high street. Edinburgh is a key part of our strategy moving forward.”

The cafe on Hanover Street has shutThe cafe on Hanover Street has shut
The cafe on Hanover Street has shut

Owned by Retail Food Group, the chain announced in 2018 that it would be seeking to open 190 outlets in the UK over the next decade after signing 20-year Franchise Agreement with Glasgow-based businessman Naweed Nasir.

Gloria Jean’s has been contacted for comment.