During the past few weeks I must have had this conversation at least 50 times a day. 'Why are you closing down?'. Originally my answer was a rather vague comment about the amount of shopping footfall on Micklegate. However, in conversation with many local residents and frequent visitors to York it has become clear exactly what the problem is.
Historically Saturday has never performed for us; and quite often would prove to be the quietest day, in terms of takings, over the whole week. Yes, we have always known that Micklegate is traditionally a lively street with plenty of bars and pubs, but I have underestimated the negative impact the ongoing volume of hens, stags, and other group celebrations have had on the shopping footfall in the area.
It's not a scientific poll but I can report that 100% of people who have commented, and are in a position to visit Micklegate on a regular basis, have said that they keep away on a weekend because it is so unruly. Now, the liveliness doesn't bother me personally (in a previous life I owned a busy Harrogate Nightclub for 8 years), but it is clearly bothering other residents and visitors. In fact many people have commented that they are now beginning to keep away from York City Centre in general on a weekend because it is being taken over by the drinkers.
I don't profess to know what the answer is (and very shortly it will no longer be my problem) but York County Council is in danger of sleepwalking into a situation that will be very difficult to recover from.
The other comments I receive on a regular basis are to do with the amount of roadworks and other disruption that there is on Micklegate. I find it hard to remember a single month during the 29 months that Granville's has been open that hasn't seen some form of disruption to the street. We also have road signs perpetually distributed randomly along the street and on each entrance. The signs are quite often incorrect and left in dangerous positions. They fall over blocking the pavements and are not moved for days.
I could go on ... but I won't. I've got work to do closing down a shop.