Brains buys Cardiff coffee chain Coffee#1

06 October 2011 by
Brains buys Cardiff coffee chain Coffee#1

Welsh brewer and pub company Brains has bought Coffee#1, a Cardiff-based coffee chain with 15 outlets across Wales and the South West.

Coffee#1, which opened its first store in Cardiff in 2001, will continue to day-to-day operations as normal following the acquisition for an undisclosed sum. Earlier this year it was named Coffee Bar Chain of the Year at the Cafe Society awards for the second year running.

James Shapland, managing director of Coffee#1, said: "We are delighted that Coffee 1 has become part of the Brains family and are confident that under their control the business will go from strength to strength.

"I would like to thank all our staff for their hard work and help in growing Coffee#1 into the well-loved and highly successful business it is today."

Scott Waddington, chief executive of Brains, added: "We are well placed to continue the fantastic success of Coffee#1 with our complementary hospitality skills to a well established, highly regarded and award-winning retail operation.

"We have been very impressed with the excellent standards of product quality and service and were attracted to the significant development potential for Coffee#1 going forward."

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