Just to reply to the last posts regarding the rent.
My landlord is a fair man and I am the one who pays the smallest rent in the village. When I went to that shop he knew I was paying more in the shop I had before (a smaller one) and still charged me less when I'd have paid more.
I can't expect him to lower the rent to something that by comparison with what other businesses pay could be seen as ridiculous (by him).
Unfortunately he'll have no problem renting it out for the reason that he's the one that charges the least and the shop is very good. The lawyer next door to me will go in it and he already knows that (small place, everyone knows everybody).
Lawyer, accountants and doctors still doing very well in this economic climate it seems...