BGF supports expansion of independent coffee shop chain

Bob & Berts has opened its first store in Belfast city centre in an investment worth £200,000.

The independent coffee shop chain also plans to open a further 30 sites as part of a growth strategy supported by BGF.

The business was founded in Portstewart in 2013 by Colin McClean, whose brother-in-law David Ferguson joined the business in 2015.

The chain has 16 coffee shops across Northern Ireland in locations such as Coleraine, Portstewart, Stranmillis, Lisburn, Omagh and Dungannon and currently employs over 300 staff.

The new shop is the second to open since the investment from BGF and follows the opening of a store in Portadown in November last year.

Colin said that since the business started, it was always a dream to have a store in the city centre next to big name retailers.

“We currently have two stores in Belfast and won Coffee Shop of the Year 2018 for our Lisburn Road store. 

“Our new store is located opposite Belfast City Hall in an area of high footfall and good brand visibility. 

“We’ll be able to seat over 100 customers with outside seating for 30. 

“The location is the perfect spot to attract office workers, families who are out shopping and tourists.”

Bob & Berts is set to open its first store in Scotland this summer.

Colin added that the chain was hoping to open another store in Belfast before the end of the year and was actively looking at several locations. 

“We’ve set ourselves aggressive growth targets for the coming years with the aim of opening eight new stores this year and looking to grow the business to over 30 stores.”

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