On the Closure of Pollards...
by, 03-03-2011 at 07:21 PM (1403 Views)
I'm just going to keep this really short because I am genuinely very upset about this:
I am devastated that this has been forced to close. Pollards is (was?) a coffee shop the type of which I fear we will not see in Sheffield again. It is rather symbolic in its own right, I suppose, that shops like this are closing throughout the country in place of the soulless Starbucks and Subways which are cropping up all over the damn place.
Pollards was one of those old world joys. I would go up every other week and get my freshly ground coffee, or individual teas, real jams or pickles, with real choice from great people. Now all that is lost and there is nowhere in Sheffield like it.
I went passed the building on the day it closed, not knowing anything about it (fishing for some real piccalilli) and it said "closed due to flooding" I was puzzled but thought that perhaps they had some sort of kitchen issue? When I got home I was informed that it had been forced to close for good due, in part to the economic shafting which is happening because of this disgrace of a government, and also because of the previous criminal council which promise one thing and gave another (the "flooding" was obviously just a lie to pretend everything was normal for an extra day). This means that not only has the oldest retail outlet in Sheffield gone forever, in a dash, but the quality products which were sold there, and the jobs of some genuinely nice people, have been lost forever.
In its place now will be yet another boarded up building to go with all the rest. I can't help but feel we are at a downwards spiral from which we will never return. It is quite awful.