The groovy, artisan coffee shop that's almost half Tesco
Q: When is an independent coffee shop not an independent coffee shop? A: When it’s part-owned by Tesco.
Sensitive java-swilling muppets across London and the South East are feeling duped by the new Harris + Hoole chain of coffee shops that appear to have a groovy, independent, artisan feel to them but are in fact 49% owned by the supermarket behemoth. Which is hilarious, obviously.
In a Guardian piece, scores of customers who have been fooled by the Harris + Hoole vibe are kicking the fuck off big-style about it all. They include Carol Levine, 50, a Crouch End physiotherapist, who says: ‘I avoid Starbucks because it's a big chain and it avoids tax. Now I find this is Tesco… it looks like a small indie. It is disingenuous. It makes me upset. I feel duped. I don't go in there [Tesco]. It is taking over the world. If it [Harris + Hoole] had been called Tesco Coffee, I wouldn't have come in.’
Another Harris + Hoole customer, Katy Smith, said: ‘I don't really like Tesco. I don't shop in Tesco. Now I'm in one of them. They'll probably be on every high street soon. I would avoid it, like I avoid Starbucks and Costa, which I thought I was doing today – putting money back in the community.’
Have YOU been in a branch of Harris + Hoole and thought you were enjoying a service provided by hard-working, honest, independent coffee toilers? Are you now distraught to find that you have in fact been pumping cash into the coffers of Tesco? Should there be some kind of law against this? TELL US!