Whilst on the high street earlier today I was surprised by the choice of business starts ups in time of recession. Replacing the budget style Lamb and Flag restaurant/pub which closed last week is Carluccios, an overpriced Italian offering nothing more than its rivals on the same street. And with main meals averaging £11- £14 a go I suspect its presence will be short lived and received without enthusiasm.
|Brayford Restaurants (source)|
Lincoln is predominantly made up of bars, clubs, clothing outlets, charity shops, pound shops, cheap brand outlets and restaurants. There are a few essential services such as the post office, a few artisan outlets (particularly in the uphill region) and the odd craft shop but nothing terribly formidable.
The arrival of one of Wagamamas flagship stores at the end of last year anticipated strong business. But situated on the Brayford Pool next to the Doubletree Hilton, Sports Bar, Starbucks, Harvester, Nandos, Prezzo, Ask, Zizzi, Handmade Burger Co, Chimichanga, The Barge on the Brayford, The Square Sail and the William IV pub (do you see where I'm going with this?) it should have anticipated problems. As it is, I don't think I've ever seen it sporting healthy customer numbers and to be honest most of these outlets look pretty empty most of the time. And this isn't even the high street.
|Site of Carluccios on the High Street (source)|