Esquires Coffee to launch new café bistro concept
It has agreed a deal on two combined units with the intention to launch a new cafe bistro model on site. The location will also be home to a test kitchen and there are further plans to install a coffee roaster on site.
The Putney shop will be its 35th in the UK with additional shops scheduled to open in Manchester, Tunbridge Wells, Canterbury, Bournemouth and Oxford.
Esquires Coffee was founded in 1993 in Vancouver, Canada and expanded to the UK in 2000.
The company, which operates franchised and non-franchised shops, said it was in talks with several regional developers with plans to open 150 additional shops by 2021.
Esquires said its mission was to become the number one neighbourhood destination for organic and Fairtrade coffee while supporting ethical and sustainable business practices.
Esquires Coffee founder and UK managing director Doug Williamson said: “We’re entering a new phase for Esquires Coffee, pushing ever further ahead of the ubiquitous brands to deliver a stylised, localised and community- focused experience.
“In this instance, we’ve purchased a shop from an amazing independent operator, who poured their blood, sweat and tears into their business but ultimately could not compete with the competitive pressures from the big branded chains. We’re proud to protect the indie culture and are excited to be able to celebrate the indie spirit in which this shop was founded."
- Doug Williamson is a member of the industry steering panel for European Coffee Expo