Mi Community store in Cliftonville to close and Sweet Caroline’s to go on clearance market – The Isle Of Thanet News

MiCommunity store in Cliftonville opened last year (Photo MiCommunity)

The Mi Community store in Cliftonville will close this month, with the social supermarket moving to Ramsgate Road and keeping its store on Margate High Street.

The Cliftonville branch opened last October in the former Rendezvous restaurant building on Ethelbert Crescent in Cliftonville, next to Sweet Caroline’s ice cream shop.

John Finnegan and Sharon Goodyer occupied the store and restaurant building in the fall of 2023

Under the Bread and Roses banner, the building at 16 Ethelbert Crescent housed the new addition to the MiCommunity store, which provides cheap food and household items to people on benefits and low wages.

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

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

In a message to customers, Mi Community, founded by John Finnegan, said: “We know this news may be disappointing, but after careful consideration we have made the difficult decision to close our store in Cliftonville. We understand that this may cause inconvenience and sincerely apologize for any disruption this may cause.”

Sweet Caroline’s has also entered the property market, with the leasehold offered for £60,000, running until September 30, 2028, and a rental price of £39,000 per annum.

The sales notice states: “Sweet Caroline’s is a recognized dessert house restaurant located 100 meters from the sea in the heart of Cliftonville, Margate. It was incorporated at the end of 2023, but significant changes in personal circumstances led to the decision to sell.

“The property can accommodate 100 guests in bright, comfortable cabins, bays and social and party areas. A further 20 outdoor seats are available under parasols with matching bright metal furniture and safety barriers. We have a special party room and a stage for music/events with stairs.”

The business is fully equipped with inventory, stock and any training supplies.

The building can be found here