Bruntwood brews up first site in the North for the Department of Coffee and Social Affairs
Bruntwood has announced that Department of Coffee and Social Affairs will be opening in Faulkner House, New York Street, Manchester. Launching in Summer 2017, the c.3,000 sq ft coffee shop will be the company’s first location in the North of England, and their second outside of the capital and the Company’s largest to date.
Designed by architects Urban & Country and Waugh Thistleton Architects, the Manchester coffee shop will have its own unique design features, in keeping with the brand’s philosophy that no two locations look alike. The work on the site is underway and marks the company’s 16th coffee shop in the UK.
In addition to serving single-origin speciality coffee and a selection of artisan cakes and food, Department of Coffee and Social Affairs is and has been heavily involved in large-scale humanitarian work in the UK and abroad as highlighted in the company’s Social Impact Report for 2017 which is available to pick up across all of their coffee shops.
Located in close proximity to several large offices, Department of Coffee and Social Affairs will benefit from the area’s high population of workers looking for an informal meeting space or lunch option, as well as the busy BIMM music school situated opposite.
Commenting on the news, James Tootle, Retail Surveyor at Bruntwood, said: “Department of Coffee and Social Affairs is a fantastic addition to this busy metropolitan area of Manchester and we are delighted they have made their move to the north with Bruntwood. As importantly, both companies share very similar values, with Department of Coffee and Social Affairs’ strong commitments to partnership and social impact reflecting our own ethos of supporting the communities in which we operate.”
Department of Coffee and Social Affairs CEO, Ashley Lopez, added: “We are thrilled to announce the opening of our 16th coffee shop in the North of England to bring speciality coffee to the people of Manchester. The coffee shop is centrally located in the busy worker district of Manchester making it an ideal spot for us to introduce our brand to locals. Working with Bruntwood has been great as we have a clear alignment in our respective Company’s values. We are very excited to be part of this growing and thriving city.”
The announcement follows the recent news that Bruntwood has signed Five Guys, Loungers and the Co-op at University Green, which is part of the University of Manchester’s £1 billion Campus Master plan and redevelopment.
Lambert Smith Hampton represented Bruntwood.