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Popular Macclesfield Cafe to Shut

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A popular pop-up cafe in a garage in Macclesfield is having to shut shop due to an upcoming construction project.

Garage 29 started last August on Venables Street as a quirky retail shop and cafe with motoring memorabilia. 

Owners have announced on social media overnight that they are having to leave in the coming weeks to provide storage space for construction contractors working on the long-anticipated Macclesfield Hotel redevelopment.

"We would like to thank all of our valued customers who have supported us in our brief time of business. We feel proud that we have been able to service our community during the time that the old General Store was closed and the new one opened. We are also proud that Garage 29 has brought so many car, motorcycle & cyclists to Macclesfield who have never visited before and are now aware of our lovely township," read the statement.

While supporters have come out in droves to say they are disappointed, owner Tanya Meese has clarified in a comment that the publicans have been big supporters of her venture.

"They, as a whole, have given me an amazing opportunity to even use this space as I have for all this time... their support in allowing me to 'try this venture' has been unquestionable... this development was already in the planning before I came along, it is just very unfortunate I could not stay or become a part of the overall concept and redevelopment of the town," Tanya Meese said.

Business owner of the Macclesfield Pub and part landlord Justin York has responded to criticism, saying he has been offering free accommodation for cafe owners, who have not had a lease, as they have been offering a great service for the community.

"[We offered] free rent for the whole duration of the time there. We spent a bit of money on electrical and water and everything else to get that all sorted out for her and obviously it was never going to be a long-term thing as such unless she was going to jump into a lease ... and then social media takes over and makes me look a baddie and we're kicking her out due to redevelopment which is not really the case," Justin York said.

Cafe owners say if they find a new location they will announce the news on Facebook.

Hear more from Macclesfield Publican Justin York speaking to Jennie Lenman on the issue in the play window below:

Story by Jennie Lenman. Photo of Garage 29 at top, supplied Garage 29 Facebook