THE CURSE OF LINCOLN HIGH STREET

Alright everyone? Hope you all had a great Earth day, as well as a particularly patriotic St. Georges day. However today is Tuesday, and the topic of conversation is very different and has been all day. As a matter of fact I’ve been talking about this for a while and if you recently read my article about shopping local then you’ll have a bit of an idea about my thoughts on retail and consumerism.

But Lincoln is rapidly becoming a joke of a city as more and more retail units lie empty, bars and restaurants shut down and business’s struggle. It was announced today that completely out of the blue Cote French Brasserie on Lincoln high street had closed and moving was already in the process. No warning, no announcement, just a big “fuck you and see you later Lincoln, you’ve been useless”. Now as far as I’m aware Cote has actually been doing well as far as customers through the door and the reason behind closing is still somewhat of a mystery. However, when you begin to look at how many other places are shutting down and disappearing, it’s quite alarming. It was only recently that House of Tiago, Lincoln’s completely unwanted Brazilian buffet shut down after it received poor hygiene ratings, we’ve seen Toys R Us close across the country of which we have a unit on Tritton road. Speaking of Tritton road, we’re also saying goodbye to Carpet Right, Homebase, Maplin and then just off the University bridge Chimichangas Mexican restaurant. THIS IS CRAZY.

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Buildings are being built or renovated and infrastructure is being improved all over the city as well as a brilliantly modern and fresh looking transport hub which has began to transform the area around the train station but WHY? Whats the point? The High street is a complete embarrassment after St.Marks Square and shouldn’t even be considered the High street at all anyway. We’ve got that many empty units and redundant spaces that there is no need at all to be building anything. The city is becoming a joke and soon the transport hub will be just as useless because there’s nothing here anymore!

What’s to blame. Well of course I’ve had a scan through the comments sections on The Lincolnite and Lincolnshire Live which are both always sources for intellectual debate and scientific analysis… and found a plethora of different reasons, such as the issue of high-priced parking. Which I must say, I just don’t agree with. There’s transport links for all over the city and in fact I don’t even live in Lincoln and still manage to find myself in town every single week either paying reasonable prices in city centre car parks or on the train which is also dirt cheap. So no, I’m not buying that one I’m afraid. I’ve heard that people don’t have the money to go out for dinner or to bars or to pay High street prices, but the fact of the matter is that Lincoln is cheaper than most other places and everywhere else in the country manages just fine. Not everyone does have a disposable income, but Lincoln’s pricing is as low as it gets. Something needs to change and something has to be done, and I do hope that Lincolnshire County Council are as alarmed as me and many others in the Lincoln area are. However, the truth I would say is that you either use it or lose it and people in Lincoln just don’t use it. This one might well be on us, the consumer. Now I’m not a supporter of consumerism, I don’t believe people “need” half the things they say they do and there’s a much cheaper, more satisfying and possibly healthier life out there for everyone if we shun the traditions of the western world and stop gathering pointless tat to validate our lives. BUT, local economy relies on the customer and if you’re not supporting it at all, you’ll lose it. If you do all your shopping over the internet because you “just hate crowds” then the crowds won’t exist anymore. Keep it local, use your money and your time wisely. Keep your own economy strong, you do have the power to do it. By the same token, the business’s need to up their game, because it would seem that even in Lincoln, good isn’t good enough and complacency could lead to loss of livelihood. It’s time to rally together and make a change.

Sad times in Lincoln, let’s just see what happens next.

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7 Comments on “THE CURSE OF LINCOLN HIGH STREET

  1. What curse. This is ridiculous. It is purely down to half arsed Lincolnshire business owners that don’t and can’t seem to supply a consistent product. This is why ribs and bibs closed. Started good. Got the good reviews. Got lazy,thought no one would care. People stopped going. It’s already happened at the first meat inc. and I’m sure it will happen at the new one that replaced ribs n bibs. How hard is it to consistently make good burgers.
    People start things well here. Then go cheap to make more money and screw its up. Who was going to keep a faux French restaurant open. Did you go regularly, I doubt it.
    Saying in lincoln good isn’t good enough. It’s all about being good and staying good. Not just doing it to suck us in and then getting comfy and lazy with it.

  2. This article is nonsense; all the mentioned businesses closed because they’re redundant – places like Maplin and Toys R’ Us have been selling their products with a ridiculous markup for years, and never stopped despite being able to get all their products considerably cheaper online; that’s why they’re dead. Similar things happened to the high street music industry; because of they’re inability to adapt to the online market.

    The restaurants are dead because of a clear lack of demand for said cuisine (as suggested by yourself) and the inability to keep good quality.

    No such thing as a curse…

  3. This article is nonsense; all the mentioned businesses closed because they’re redundant – places like Maplin and Toys R’ Us have been selling their products with a ridiculous markup for years, and never stopped despite being able to get all their products considerably cheaper online; that’s why they’re dead. Similar things happened to the high street music industry; because of their inability to adapt to the online market.

    The restaurants are dead because of a clear lack of demand for said cuisine (as suggested by yourself) and the inability to keep good quality.

    No such thing as a curse…

  4. Cote Brasseries has apparently closed because the owner wants it back, allegedly to reopen as a bar!

    why don’t we celebrate some of the cool places that have opened recently… Pessimist Wine & Gin bar, The Jazz Cafe, Stokes Cafe in the Lawn, The Cosy Club, to name but a few.

    And what about some of the cool events… Steampunk weekend, biggest meeting of steampunk in Europe. Luna Cinema, Bomber Command, Comedy Feast, kingdom LEGO brick show, again to name but a few. Something for everyone.

    Instead of talking about fictitious curses, let’s start celebrating our cool city.

    • I completely agree with your sentiment here, but it is in fact a different sentiment. If you’d care to go back through any previous posts you’ll see Lincoln constantly celebrated, posts specifically about the best pubs and bars in Lincoln and so on. This article is not that, this is a real concern about things that are happening. At no point have I denied other things happening, they’re just not relevant here. Thanks for reading though

  5. I am currently in the process of relocating my whole family from Margate, Kent to Lincoln. I wanted to know what businesses are on your High Street and Google led me to you.

    I do not believe there is a “curse”. The businesses you have mentioned have closed nationwide and therefore cannot be blamed on Lincoln. However, what this post does highlight is an intense negativity felt by a local of Lincoln which I hope isn’t reflected in all it’s inhabitants. It was a well written post, don’t get me wrong but I would love to hear a positive High Street piece if you have a second?

    • Hi. The report was based on Lincoln as that’s where I’m seeing it happen but I understand it’s nationwide. However, I certainly don’t blame Lincoln for this and I understand there’s a multitude of reasons but since this piece was written the closures have tripled and the place is becoming emptier by the day. I’d love to do a positive piece, but there is no news on that front yet. Good luck with the move, thanks for reading

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