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Plans have been submitted to Dundee City Council to convert the former Vodafone shop on Murraygate into a cafe. Newcastle-based coffee franchising company Mangobean hopes to refurbish the former mobile phone shop to provide a new cafe – its first in Scotland.

The firm is applying to the council for a change of use from a shop to a restaurant.

If given the go ahead it would open right next door to Caffe Nero.

A spokesman for Mangobean said: “We plan a refurbishment of the interior with a new fit-out including partition walls and equipment needed for the cafe.”

Mangobean formed more than 10 years ago and has ambitions to become the fourth-largest coffee chain in the UK.

It has gone from selling coffee beans and equipment to now opening 12 stores on a franchise basis.

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A spokesman said: “To become the fourth-largest coffee chain in the UK we’re looking for development agents, what we call master franchises, and franchise partners to open 50 stores throughout the UK over the next 10 years.”

Mangobean has stores throughout England, including in Manchester, Sheffield, Liverpool and Darlington.

Vodafone closed its Murraygate store last year to focus on its branch in the Overgate Centre.

If plans are approved, the cafe would join other eateries opening up on the Murraygate.

KFC is preparing to move to Murraygate after closing its outlet on High Street.

Source: Evening Telegraph

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