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Monday, October 28, 2013

Just Us! Barrington is closing

The Co-op decides to close its first Halifax cafe

Posted By on Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 12:00 PM

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Today Just Us! Coffeehouse, Barrington (1715 Barrington Street) posted a sign in its window alerting java drinkers and passerby that the location would be closed permanently as of October 30. It made the move to its current location, from 1678 Barrington, back in April.

Later today, Just Us! Coffee's Facebook page posted the following:

Dear friends,

Thank you for expressing your concerns about our decision to close the Barrington Street Coffeehouse. This decision was very difficult for the Co-op, and was only taken after many other options had been carefully considered. Barrington was our first café in Halifax and will always hold a special place in our hearts.

As we are sure you can appreciate, the reality of the current retail business world means that sometimes difficult decisions need to be made to ensure the viability of the business as a whole.

We welcome all our loyal Barrington customers to continue to enjoy Just Us! products and services at our other HRM locations, on Spring Garden Road and at King’s Wharf in Dartmouth.

Thank you for your patronage, we look forward to your continued support.

Updated October 28

Days after Spring Garden Road’s Second Cup announced it’d be closing at year end, last Friday Just Us! Coffeehouse (1715 Barrington Street) stunned its downtown devotees with the news that October 30 would be its last. Though the closure might look like a snap decision, Just Us! co-owner Debra Moore says it hasn’t been easy, the location’s been under review since January.

“We have been working really hard for a couple of years now to get the place where it needed to be. We needed it to not be losing money,” says Moore of Halifax’s first Just Us!, which has been on Barrington Street for nearly a decade. “Our most loyal customer base is on Barrington. We talked ourselves into going across the street to see if it'd make the difference,” she says of last April’s move one block north to the roomier former Oddjects location. “All the customers came with us and sales didn't go down, but they didn't go up to where they needed to be.”

"I don't know why, it's hard to know," says Moore of the struggle, adding that the increased number of cafes downtown probably played a part. Just Us! Barrington's three baristas (two full-time and one part-time) were laid off as a result of closure, they were notified last week.

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