Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Front Page - By Jack Dyson [email protected]­m­ @jack­y­dys

Food out­lets are “fall­ing like dead flies” says one busi­ness woman af­ter a long-stand­ing city sand­wich shop shut down.

CJ’S Baguette Bar, in St Mar­garet’s Street, abruptly closed last week.

The clo­sure came just days be­fore Dee­son’s restau­rant in Sun Street also shut down (see fac­ing page) amid mount­ing con­cerns over the cost of rents for in­de­pen­dent traders in the prime city spots.

CJ’S will be re­placed by themed tea­room Alice and the Hat­ter, which al­ready has an out­let in Herne Bay.

Its owner, Kate Rivers, said: “We’re go­ing to com­pletely re­dec­o­rate the place. We’re hop­ing to be open in four weeks.”

But Mon­ica Valentino, coowner of the neigh­bour­ing Sand­wich Bar, be­lieves the clo­sure of CJ’S is a sign of in­de­pend- ents be­ing squeezed out by the ar­rival of a grow­ing num­ber of chain restau­rants and food out­lets.

She told the Gazette: “There are so many eater­ies com­ing to Can­ter­bury.

“This is a small place and you see them fall­ing like dead flies af­ter a year.

“More will def­i­nitely be shut­ting down.”

She also iden­ti­fied grow­ing in­fla­tion, ris­ing rents, busi­ness rates and in­fla­tion as other fac­tors af­fect­ing busi­ness in the city.

Mrs Valentino said: “The pre­vi­ous own­ers of the Happy Sa­mu­rai in the Mar­lowe Ar­cade couldn’t cope with the cost of hav­ing a place.

“And with in­fla­tion at the mo­ment, we all have to put our prices up.”

We were un­able to con­tact the pre­vi­ous own­ers of CJ’S for com­ment.

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CJ’S in Can­ter­bury will be re­placed by Alice and the Hat­ter

The ap­pli­ca­tion for a premises li­cence

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