Kollam Indian Coffee House not to down shutters, new building to be found

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Kollam: The 58-year-old Indian Coffee House in Kollam has decided not to shut down its operations. Previously, Mathrubhumi had published the news that the Indian Coffee House, which had been an integral part of the city's food and cultural scene, was set to close its doors. However, following discussions among prominent figures in political and cultural arenas, a decision has been made to find a new building and continue operating.

M Mukesh, MLA took the initiative and contacted the head office of the Coffee House. He sent a letter requesting that the Coffee House be allowed to continue operating until a suitable alternative location could be found in Kollam. Additionally, Kollam Deputy Mayor Kollam Madhu reached out to the coffee board leadership, requesting them not to close down the establishment.

On Wednesday, the MLA, along with K. Varadarajan, Chairman of KSFE, visited the Indian Coffee House near Kollam's Aradhana Junction. They met with the manager and employees to discuss the situation. MLA Mukesh personally informed the relevant individuals about a few prospective sites, in important centres of the city, to relocate the shop.

The shortage of staff members was the primary reason behind the decision to shut down the shop. Efforts are underway to address this issue by hiring new employees by August. Another problem was the disparity between the rental expenses and the income generated. The search for a new building with lower rent is also in progress.

The Indian Coffee House, which operates under the India Coffee Board Workers Co-operative Society, originally started operating on July 27, 1965, at Kollam Kappalandimukku. It was later relocated to a building on the main road and, subsequently to the Archana-Aradhana Theater complex.

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