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Esquires secures Putney site for new coffee shop & HQ

New Zealand-based coffee chain Esquires Coffee has secured a site in Putney for a new coffee shop and office headquarters.

The company has agreed a deal on two combined units and intend to launch their new cafe bistro model on site. The location will be home to their test kitchen and there are further plans to install a coffee roaster on site.

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.'

Esquires Coffee was founded in 1993 in Vancouver, Canada, expanding to the U.K. in 2000. The Putney shop will mark their 35th UK location and Esquires have new shops scheduled to open in Manchester, Tunbridge Wells, Canterbury, Bournemouth and Oxford.

The company, which operates franchised and non-franchised shops throughout the UK, are in talks with several regional developers and have plans to open 150 additional shops by 2021.