Canadian café chain Tim Hortons reveals it will open its biggest UK restaurant in Leicester – and jobs are available

September 26, 2019

We’ve got some great news for coffee and cake fans in Leicester. Canadian café and bake shop chain Tim Hortons has today revealed that it will open its biggest UK restaurant right here.

It will open in the Grade II listed East Gates unit which was most recently occupied by designer clothing shop Cruise.

 
The building has a long history, and originally opened as Eastgates Coffee House in 1885 during the Temperance Movement.

The 6,500 square foot Leicester branch is set to open its doors later this year. It follows the success of the recently opened Birmingham branch.

Spread over three floors, the Leicester restaurant will have more than 150 seats.

As well as the famous donuts, Timbits and range of beverages, customers will be able to enjoy hearty breakfast options, as well as a variety of lunch items such as sandwiches, wraps, paninis and toasties, all fresh and made-to-order using quality ingredients.

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The new restaurant is also bringing employment opportunities to the city, with 40 full and part-time vacancies available.

The Tim Hortons brand was founded in 1964 by its namesake, a top professional ice hockey player, who wanted to create a space where everyone would feel at home.

According to the brand, nearly eight out of 10 cups of coffee sold across Canada are served at Tim Hortons restaurants and more than 5.3 million Canadians – approximately 15 per cent of the population – visit the café daily.

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Kevin Hydes, chief finance and commercial officer of the Tim Hortons franchise in the UK, said:

“We’re delighted to have secured a fantastic location right in the heart of Leicester for our largest restaurant to date. The beautiful and historic building is a true landmark within the city, and we hope will become a favourite destination for the people of Leicester.”

The first Tim Hortons in the UK opened in Glasgow in June 2017, with fans travelling from across the country and queuing overnight to sample the brand’s coffee and baked goods.

There is now a further 21 restaurants, in locations such as Cardiff, Manchester and Belfast.

By Becky Jones

Source: Leicester Mercury

Costa Coffee Opens New Commuter-Focused Concept Stores

September 3, 2019

Rail passengers will now be able to grab their morning coffee on-the go, as the nation’s favourite coffee shop*, Costa Coffee, opens the doors on its first ‘commuter-focused’ concept store in Lewisham, London.

Commuters returning from the Bank Holiday weekend will be welcomed by a new Costa Coffee store located in Lewisham Station in London, re-formatting a space originally used as the station managers office. Lewisham Station is one of eight new mini-format stores that will be opening in some of London’s busiest railway stations over the next six months.

 
Designed with the daily commuter in mind, the new stores will be focussed on delivering a quick and efficient service, whilst not compromising on quality. Both the layout and ordering system has been designed to have customers in and out of the store in just a few minutes.

All the stores are takeaway only and operate contactless payment options – with some of the stores offering self-service ordering screens for those not wishing to queue to order.

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Coffee lovers can also cut down their queuing time by taking advance of Costa Coffee’s mobile ordering service, which is available through the free Costa Coffee club app. Perfect for busy, on-to-go coffee lovers who need to grab their favourite handcrafted coffee without having to queue and can collect loyalty points with every purchase.

Connie Emerson, Head of Global Store Propositions & Design at Costa Coffee said: “As the nation’s favourite coffee shop, we’re committed to putting customer experience at the heart of everything we do. We understand that in today’s busy, fast paced world, our customers want to ensure they can get their Costa Coffee fix, even if they are hurrying to work, so naturally, the next evolution of a store concept had to centre on meeting the needs of busy, on-the-go commuters.

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Our new mini-stores have been designed to offer customers a beautiful barista handcrafted Costa Coffee quickly and conveniently, taking any stress out of grabbing that much needed Costa on the way to work.”

Lewisham Station Costa store opened its doors on Saturday 24 August, with a further eight mini-stores set to open at stations across London within the next six months.

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Whether you are on your out and about on your travels or looking for a relaxing environment to meet a friend for a coffee, you can find your nearest Costa Coffee using our handy store locator: https://www.costa.co.uk/locations/store-locator/

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Coffee Blue Launches First Mobile Cafe Franchise in The Welsh Capital

August 11, 2019

Coffee Blue has launched its first mobile cafe franchise in Cardiff, Wales.

Franchisee, Jeremy Griffiths, will start delivering delicious fresh coffees – along with a wide range of hot and cold snacks – throughout northern areas of Cardiff last month out of one of Coffee Blue’s industry-leading mobile coffee vans.

 
After working outside of Cardiff for the last 12 years, Jeremy says he is looking forward to working for himself and spending more time with his loved ones.

“I wanted to settle down back in Cardiff to spend more time with my family.

“Previously, I had been working 60-70 hours a week, leaving the house at 6am and not getting home until 6/7pm.

“But with Coffee Blue, I am able to set my own terms and have a lot more freedom.”

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Jeremy also says he hopes his customers will feel encouraged to support local traders.

He continued:

“The northern side of Cardiff – Lisvane, Llanishen, Thornhill – there’s a community that will support independent Welsh businesses.

“Most of the products I’m going to be selling will be Welsh, and the coffee itself is great. The message I would send to my future customers is: help support local businesses.”

Coffee Blue was founded in 2017 by parent company Vantastec ltd, a specialist automobile conversion firm based in Ystrad Mynach.

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Alongside Cardiff North, franchisees also operate in areas across the UK, including Wimbledon, Swindon, Harrogate and Neath, with more to be announced.

Coffee Blue allows budding entrepreneurs and coffee lovers an easy path into becoming their own boss.

Through the expertise of a team with years of industry experience, franchisees are given a strong, flexible support network throughout their training.

The company’s Managing Directors, Gareth Edwards and Colin Smith, said Coffee Blue was founded to help people start their own business without being thrown in at the deep end.

They said:

“We’re absolutely delighted to be welcoming on board such an enthusiastic and determined worker as Jeremy.

“He’s shown all the signs throughout his training that he can be successful and the sky is truly the limit for him.

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“We at Coffee Blue are determined to help those looking for a new career path and becoming their own boss through the magic of coffee.

“We have no doubts that Jeremy will be a great addition to the area, and we’re excited to see what the future holds for him.”

Like all Coffee Blue franchisees, Jeremy will also be taking bookings for public and private events.

Coffee Blue vans can be found at weddings, festivals, offices, train stations and more.

By BETH PERRY

Source: Business News Wales

Costa set to open in Handforth

July 19, 2019

The UK’s fastest growing coffee shop chain, Costa Coffee, is set to open its doors in Handforth on 23rd July.

Franchise operators Sim Trava have chosen The Paddock as the location for their 37th outlet, and founder Simon Vardy is delighted to announce the opening.

 
He said: “We have been waiting for the right place here for some time and are delighted to be opening in just a few weeks in this popular village centre.

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“We hope the Costa Coffee will add something very positive to the current Paddock shopping experience and encourage more local people to come and spend time with us and in other shops in the centre.”

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The 1,500 sq ft double-fronted location will join the local network run by Sim Trava – which includes branches in Holmes Chapel and Cheadle.

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Simon added: “We pride ourselves on delivering a high level of personal commitment and service in every Costa to give our customers the best of both worlds – all the benefits of a well-known coffee brand, but provided by local people who really care about it.”

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Costa Coffee set to open in Handforth, Cheshire

July 11, 2019

The fastest growing coffee shop in the UK will open its doors in the Paddock, Handforth, Cheshire on July 23rd providing local people with ‘the nation’s favourite’ coffee experience for the first time.

For the family-owned franchise behind the Costa Coffee brand in the North West – Sim Trava – and commercial landlords Orbit Developments, the opening will be the happy culmination of 18 months discussion and planning to find the right size and location for a Costa Coffee in the village.

 
It will be the 37th Costa Coffee outlet for Sim Trava and founder Simon Vardy is delighted to be coming into Handforth with the company’s unique combination of quality coffee and personal service.

He said: “We have been waiting for the right place here for some time and are delighted to be opening in just a few weeks in this popular village centre. We hope the Costa Coffee will add something very positive to the current Paddock shopping experience and encourage more local people to come and spend time with us and in other shops in the centre.”

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Costa Coffees are often to be found in village centres, complementing other businesses and driving more footfall in general. The 1500 sq ft double-fronted location in Handforth will join a local network run by Sim Trava, including Holmes Chapel and Cheadle, where its openings have had a beneficial impact.

A store manager has already been appointed to lead the new team, but Simon is looking for more passionate local people to join them.

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He added: “We pride ourselves on delivering a high level of personal commitment and service in every Costa to give our customers the best of both worlds – all the benefits of a well-known coffee brand, but provided by local people who really care about it. And the right people can build a fantastic career with us – they become part of our family.”

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James Nicholson, Leasing Assistant at Orbit Developments, commented: “We wish Simon and the team every success at the Paddock. It has taken time to find exactly the right location in Handforth to meet the needs of a busy and successful coffee house and we are very glad to have got there and be welcoming them into our community.”

By Sue Souter

Source: BDaily

Triple Two Coffee is giving away 200 FREE coffees

July 9, 2019

A NEW coffee shop will be opening in Colchester town centre this weekend. Triple Two Coffee hopes to boost business in Long Wyre Street.

 
Starboard PM LTD is working with a Colchester couple to open the franchise in the old Linens Direct shop, at the entrance of Priory Walk.

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Triple Two Coffee is known for its fresh food and wide range of hot beverages.

An announcement on Facebook said the coffee shop will be opening on Saturday.

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Staff will be giving away 200 free coffees from 9am and there will be live music and games throughout the day.

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By Katherine Palmer

Source: Daily Gazette

New coffee shop for Sleaford is a truly family concern

July 5, 2019

A new coffee shop franchise, Insomnia Coffee, has opened in Sleaford and owners are already enjoying exciting feedback from new customers.

Rachael Hockmeyer and Christian Slingsby who run Hockmeyer’s Garage at Holdingham officially opened their new venture today (Wednesday) in converted barns on their site.

 
The couple have opened a branch of Ireland’s biggest coffee shop chain, Insomnia, which is now undergoing a rapid expansion programme across England too.

Rachael said: “Things were not 100 per cent right when we opened this morning, but we are nearly there now after a few teething troubles.

“We have already had a lot of people through the doors and it is fantastic. A lot of the customers are locals who have come in to say ‘hello’ and see what we have been doing all these months as they have been talking about it for ages and desperate to come in.”

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She said a lot of people were interested in testing out the menu to compare it to their usual preferences and she said the staff have been keen to cater for customer wishes.

Rachael said: “We have had a lady from Insomnia training us on the machines. It is really fantastic quality coffee and people have been liking it and saying how tempting all the cakes are.”

As well as hot drinks and cakes, they do iced drinks, sandwiches and toasties.

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The couple opted for a ‘soft’ opening rather than a big launch in order for staff to settle into their roles and get used to the systems, but expected business to pick up fast over the weekend.

The stylishly fitted out cafe benefits from free wifi and music with a dedicated area for passing business people to catch up with emails on their laptops.

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As well as employing 10 staff Rachael and Christian’s daughter, Jasmin, 17, is also working behind the counter to make a truly family concern.

By ANDY HUBBERT

Source: Slaford Standard

Starbucks UK plunges to loss on store closures and cost rises

June 30, 2019

Starbucks UK has slumped to an annual loss for the first time since 2013, after it was weighed down by cost increases and store closures.

However, the coffee chain saw its tax bill for the year rise despite posting the loss.

 
The firm’s taxes have come under significant scrutiny in recent years after it was revealed in 2012 that the business paid only £8.6 million in corporation tax over a 14-year period.

In 2018, Starbucks UK Coffee Company saw its corporation tax bill rise by 22.9% to £4 million.

The UK arm plunged to a pre-tax loss of £17.2 million for the year to September 2018, down from a £4.5 million profit in the previous year.

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It said it made the loss after it was impacted by “very challenging” high street trading conditions and “generally low” consumer confidence.

From the changing consumer landscape to high rents and political uncertainty, there are ongoing pressures across the regionMartin Brok, Starbucks Europe, Middle East & Africa

Profitability was also dented after a sharp rise in costs last year, as the firm started its shift towards a franchise-based portfolio and was hit by one-off charges related to closing unprofitable stores.

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Higher distribution costs and payroll and investment in fresh food also pushed costs higher during the year, it said.

Starbucks reported a 4.1% rise in revenue to £387.5 million for the year, up from £372.2 million the previous year, despite the downturn in consumer confidence.

The chain’s London-headquartered Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) division also saw total revenues rise 1.3% to 229.5 million US dollars (£180.9 million) over the period.

Starbucks was founded in Seattle in 1971 and is now the UK’s second largest coffee retailer, behind Costa, with roughly 1,000 UK stores.

It has recently closed a number of high street outlets and turned its attention to smaller format units and drive-throughs.

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Martin Brok, president of Starbucks Europe, Middle East & Africa, said: “Doing business in EMEA continues to be challenging for Starbucks.

“From the changing consumer landscape to high rents and political uncertainty, there are ongoing pressures across the region.”

By Henry Saker-Clark, PA City Reporter

Source: Independent

Coffee chain Bob & Berts to create 175 jobs through latest expansion programme

June 29, 2019

AN independent Northern Ireland coffee chain has launched its second multi-million expansion programme in less than two years.

Bob & Berts, founded in Portstewart in 2013, has announced plans for a further eight stores in 2019, including five in the north and three in Scotland, creating over 175 jobs.

 
The chain, which operates 20 stores and employs 400 staff, opened a new larger Portstewart outlet last week and will launch its new Portrush branch in the coming weeks, ahead of The Open Championship.

Cookstown, Newry and Ballymena are also due to get the Bob & Berts treatment in the coming months. A Ballymena Bob & Berts franchise store had operated on Church Street in the town, but closed earlier this month, while a separate outlet on Belfast’s Lisburn Road shut its doors last month. As revealed by The Irish News the latter site is to be replaced by brunch and coffee destination, Output, spearheaded by Slim’s Healthy Kitchen, Gary McIldowney.

Bob & Berts expanded into the Scottish market in October last year, opening its first store in Falkirk. It has since launched outlets in Dunfermline and Dumfries, with plans now in place to open three more in Stirling, Kirkcaldy and Ayr.

The Bob & Berts expansion is being facilitated by a seven-figure sum from Ulster Bank, in addition to support from equity investor BGF (Business Growth Fund), who put £2 million into the business in 2017.

The latest investment programme forms part of a wider growth strategy to operate 35 stores throughout the UK by 2020.

Co-founder, David Ferguson said the financial support will not only continue the brand roll out in its existing markets, but could fuel expansion into England over the next 12 to 18 months.

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“We have identified an opportunity to go faster and open more sites than originally planned, and therefore sought additional investment through the banks for the first time,” he said.

“We’re passionate about the service we provide and the communities we serve. Our brand is dynamic and distinctive and we’re breathing new life the high streets up and down the country by driving footfall for the benefit of our neighbouring local retailers.”

Bob & Berts co-founder Colin McClean said the sharp growth of the business is a response to rising demand.

“We are very excited to announce the opening of our new stores in Northern Ireland and Scotland over the coming weeks and months. Our distinctive style and quality food and drink offering is driving significant demand and making Bob & Berts a highly sought-after addition to the local high street,” he said.

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Girvan Gault, commercial banking director at Ulster Bank added:

“We have access to a wide network of support and expertise through our relationship with sister brands NatWest and Royal Bank of Scotland throughout the UK to help Colin and David realise the growth potential of their unique brand.

“Bob & Berts is a real homegrown success and we’re committed to supporting local operators in the agri-food and hospitality industries to scale their business at home and further afield.”

By Gareth McKeown

Source: Irish News

Starbucks set to open at Ashford Designer Outlet

June 28, 2019

A major international coffee chain, Starbucks Coffee, is due to open at Ashford Designer Outlet later this year.

Starbucks Coffee will be opening a store at the centre, which is currently undergoing a multi-million pound renovation.

The centre is currently advertising for baristas at the store.

 
The Careers section of the website says: “HMSHost UK are really excited to be opening a brand new Starbucks Store in Ashford Designer outlet later this year – and we would love to have you join our team!”

HMSHost UK is a global food-service company, best known for airport branches of well-known brands.

The Ashford Designer Outlet, in Kimberley Way, is currently undergoing a £90million expansion – which will see it add 50 more stores, more restaurants and a community area to its offer.

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It is an exciting time at the Designer Outlet, which recently opened its world class children’s play area.

The £400,000 Garden-of-England themed playground features seven-metre high Robinia tree house – one of the UK’s tallest of its kind – a slide, climbing frames and see-saws.

Another coffee shop, Pret, also opened at the mall recently, as did Japanese restaurant YO! Sushi. Five Guys is also due to open.

Outlet bosses say once the extension is complete in the autumn, 500 new jobs will be created.

The centre will also play host to Europe’s largest living wall – the £1.5m plant installation will become the centrepiece of the centre’s expansion.

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Leader of Ashford Borough Council Cllr Gerry Clarkson (Con) said: “I’m delighted to see that another of the Council’s Big 8 projects is approaching completion.

“Like Ashford College, the Elwick Place cinema and leisure complex, and the first phase of the Commercial Quarter, the Designer Outlet expansion is set to play a major part in helping to transform the fortunes of the area.”

But the American coffee franchise is remaining tight-lipped about the new store. A spokesman said: “We are always looking for new locations and opportunities to bring the Starbucks Experience to customers in the UK, but at this time we have no news to share about specific plans in the area”.

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Ashford Designer Outlet has been approached for further comment.

By Molly Mileham-Chappell

Source: Kent Online