Mi Community shop in Cliftonville to close and Sweet Caroline’s goes on sale market

MiCommunity Cliftonville store opening last year (Photo MiCommunity)

The Mi Community shop in Cliftonville will shut this month, with the social supermarket relocating to Ramsgate Road in addition to keeping its shop in Margate High Street.

The Cliftonville branch opened at former Rendezvous restaurant premises  in Cliftonville’s Ethelbert Crescent last October alongside Sweet Caroline’s ice cream parlour.

John Finnegan and Sharon Goodyer took on the shop and restaurant premises in Autumn 2023

Under the banner of Bread and Roses the building at 16 Ethelbert Crescent housed the new addition to the MiCommunity shop, which provides cut-priced food and household goods for people on benefits and low wages.

The main restaurant area was converted into a social meeting space with kitchens and  Sweet Caroline ice cream parlour as part of a new project by Sharon Goodyer – who founded and formerly ran Our Kitchen on the Isle of Thanet – and businessman Steve Ralf who had recently returned to the isle.

But Mi Community has now announced it will shut the branch on June 22 and is due to open at 94 Ramsgate Road, Margate, in July.

In a message to customers Mi Community, founded by John Finnegan, says: “We know this news might be disappointing but after careful consideration, we’ve made the difficult decision to close our Cliftonville shop. We understand this might cause inconvenience and we sincerely apologise for any disruption this might cause.”

Sweet Caroline’s has also gone onto the property market with the leasehold being offered at £60,000 running to September 30, 2028  and rent at £39,000pa.

The sale notice says: “Sweet Caroline’s is a licensed dessert house restaurant 100m from the sea in the heart of Cliftonville, Margate. It was established in late 2023 but significant changes in personal circumstances has lead to the decision to sell.

“The premises can accommodate 100 guests in bright, comfortable booths, bays, social and party areas. An additional 20 outside seats are available under umbrellas with matching bright metal furniture and safety barriers. We have a dedicated party area and performance stage for music/events with steps.”

The business comes fully equipped with fixtures, fittings, stock and any training requirements.

The property can be found here

3 Comments

  1. Sweet Caroline’s – £39000.00 per year rent in Cliftonville? Am I misreading this figure. If not, who in their right mind would pay this sort of rent on top of Business Rates and Utility Bills and hope to make a profit?

  2. How did this not for profit charity pay this rent? And where did they get the money to even open this venture? This is shocking ! £39000 rent for a food bank and an ice cream parlour. Bread roses CIC and micommunity need to have a wake up call. Questions need to be asked.

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