London-based coffee shop / wine bar chain Notes is set to open a new site in Leeds later this year, its first outside of London.
The business, co-owned by Robert Robinson and Edward Halfon currently has three permanent London sites in Covent Garden, King's Cross and Trafalgar Square. It also runs a small fleet of branded coffee barrows, mostly operating out of London churchyards, in five locations.
Notes will run its new Leeds site, a mix of coffee shop and wine bar, within the new Leeds Trinity shopping centre in the city. It is set to open in October 2013.
"The idea came from shopping centre owners Land Securities. They have an office near our St Martin's Lane shop and suggested we took space in the development," Halfon explained.
"Our main plan is to open one or two new shops a year in London where we see big opportunities to grow. We're conscious Leeds will be something new and slightly out of the flow for us. But we are confident we have a good location and a great opportunity so who knows what will grow from this."
Meanwhile the company also wants to expand its network of carts to nine sites by the autumn.
For a full interview with Edwards and Halfon, take a look at Caterer and Hotelkeeper‘s regular Better Business feature in the 12 April issue of the magazine.
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