When is an indie café not an indie café?

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March 26, 2013 by indiecafes2013

When Tesco invests several million pounds in expanding your business on the high street, as Harris + Hoole has found out.

The founders, who started off running a deli in Richmond, say they turned to the supermarket chain because banks wouldn’t lend them money on affordable terms. It’s a complaint I’ve heard from other cafe owners.

Here’s the Guardian’s take:

Customers criticise ‘indie’ image of the coffee shops part-owned by Tesco

And here’s an interview with the owners in the Evening Standard.

We had to take Tesco’s cash to launch our coffee shops but the values are down to us

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