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Before the pandemic, we had over 60 employees. We had, you know, some of the top tier tech companies as our clients and had six coffee shops. March hit and the coronavirus first started sending people home. First thing happened was our coffee accounts, our office accounts, closed down. And then we closed down all of our coffee shops. All six of them.
The number of coffee shops in the U.S. is shrinking for the first time in nine years as sales plunge and COVID-19 forces the industry to rethink its business. That’s helping coffee-serving chains such as Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts and even McDonald’s gain ground at the expense of independent outlets fighting to keep their doors open.
Maybe you’re keenly aware of the struggles facing your favorite neighborhood restaurants or bars during the pandemic. But have you noticed the changes brewing behind the counter at your local coffee shop?
The reopening of cafes has been one of the highlights of relaxed COVID-19 restrictions for many Australians. During lockdowns, long queues for takeaway coffee were testimony to caffeine’s relevance to our lives.
Before coronavirus hit, the UK had a thriving coffee shop culture, with around 26,000 coffee shops across the country. But by the end of March 2020 many coffee shops were closed, or only open for takeaway. Up to 92% of coffee shops are estimated to have closed at some point during the lockdown, as it was not viable, or possible, to continue on a purely takeaway basis.
Cloosiv, founded in 2018 by Tim Griffin, is a mobile platform that allows users to order from independent coffee shops through its free app. The platform released to both Android and iOS users in March and gave users the option for curbside pickup for the first time.