A coffee shop owner in Ealing says he fears for the future of his business after a new Starbucks opened nearby on Saturday (July 16).
The coffeehouse chain opened its doors in 433-435 Uxbridge Road, Ealing Common, creating 10 new jobs in the area.
But owner of nearby Mugi's Coffee Bar, which has been running since 2002, Zelko Mugosa, said he feared for his business due to the opening.
The Montenegrin native admitted that the opening of a nearby Costa more than three years ago on the same road had already slashed his earnings by around 40% and that the new Starbucks could have a similar effect.
Mr Mugosa, who lives in Isleworth, said: "Of course it will affect business; a lot of my customers go for coffee there.
"They (Starbucks) just opened up, and they have the money, they have the power and they can do whatever they want.
"Hopefully it will not force us to close, you have to think positively.
"Costa affected sales. I was doing quite well but lost around 40% and Starbucks could bring another 40% loss.
"I think the council should have blocked the move. This is not a shopping centre, this is just a street with local people coming for a cup of tea and Starbucks come in and they don't care."
'A boost for the area'
Steps away from Ealing Common Tube station, Starbucks is open from 6.30am-8pm Monday to Friday and 7.30am-8pm on weekends.
Despite the fears of neighbouring coffee shops, marketing director for store operator Kastien Coffee Ltd, Louisa Cohn, believes the new Starbucks will be a great boost for the community.
She said: "We’re thrilled to be opening a new Starbucks store in Ealing and welcoming customers into the store with our new team.
"We’re looking forward to building relationships with the local community and getting to know our neighbours."
Franchise business manager for Starbucks UK, Gill Skan, said: "We’re delighted to have opened a new store on Saturday and we’re all looking forward to continuing building relationships with the local community."
A similar David vs Goliath battle is continuing in Hounslow, where a small convenience store stands between work to build a new development featuring a cinema, restaurants and shops in the High Street.
Although Hounslow Council has given the scheme the green light, a decision is to be made on whether a compulsory purchase order (CPO) should be made to demolish the existing businesses, including ITS Convenience Store, whose owners object.