Cork Rebels Against Major Chain Cafes in a Bid to Protect Patrick’s Street
Cafe chains may not be very popular in Cork city, which is known for its extensive array of independent coffee houses, given a rejection in planning permission for two international coffee companies.
UK coffee chain, Caffè Nero, has been refused planning permission for a proposed new coffee shop on Patrick’s Street in Cork city.
They were hoping to open a new store across the street from Starbucks, converting it from retail to coffee-shop use. The chain currently has nine stores in Ireland, with eight in Dublin.
This news comes as the Starbucks on Patrick’s Street has been ordered to close due to a lack of planning permission for their use of the former 02 store.
Starbucks then removed the tables, seats and toilets from the store, arguing the location operated strictly as a takeaway and was, therefore, a shop rather than a cafe. However, An Bord Pleanála ruled in March that removing the seating didn’t alter the situation.
Under Cork City’s current development plan, Patrick’s Street is designed to be a retail area with any new stores being restricted to high-end retail and fashion.
Offices, takeaways, convenience stores, pubs, nightclubs, mobile phone shops, betting shop and restaurants are all banned from Patrick’s Street.