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Profits over Community: York University’s controversial closing of Second Cup

A popular Second Cup Coffee shop which has been serving York University for more than 20 years is set to close January next year with the York University Development Corporation (YUDC) deciding against extending their lease. Many students have expressed fondness for the sense of community that the store has helped to foster, and calls the move “baseless” and “discriminatory”.

Oct 02, 2019 - EightSix Staff

A popular Second Cup Coffee shop which has been serving York University for more than 20 years is set to close January next year with the York University Development Corporation (YUDC) deciding against extending their lease. Many students have expressed fondness for the sense of community that the store has helped to foster, and calls the move “baseless” and “discriminatory”.

A Petition has been started by the Facebook group “Supporter of Second Cup York Lanes” demanding that the YUDC allow Second Cup owners Rouma and Sunil Taneja to stay. The petition has garnered over 600 signatures so far.

“The motives behind the closure are likely to be to significantly increase the rent for more profits.” The petition claims. The YUDC, on their part, states that a “lack of owner presence”, is one of their reasons for discontinuing the lease. The Tanejas’ daughter claims that this statement is rooted in sexism, because it implies that her mother, the primary operator of the business, is incapable of running the business by herself.

Read full story: Profits over Community: York University’s controversial closing of Second Cup - Published Sep 23, 2019 on BlogTo

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