Archive for May, 2008


Where has the Republic gone? – that’s the question

Strabane Chronicle

29th May 2008

By Conor Sharkey

The coffee shop at the Pavilion Retail Park which

has lost ‘Republic’ from its branding.

The question is why?

BEVERAGE chain Coffee Republic said yesterday (Wednesday) they would work to resolve a dispute which has prompted two local business men to walk away from the multi-national company after just six weeks.

Trevor Mealiff and Dermot Kelly opened the North’s second Coffee Republic last month, with the promise of 14 new jobs.

But anyone shopping at the Railway Road’s Pavilion Retail Park this week can’t help but have noticed that Coffee Republic has become simply ‘Coffee’.

Meanwhile, on the interior of the premises, everything relating to the chain has been airbrushed out.

So what has happened to the “delight” with which the franchise was launched by Mr Kelly and Mr Mealiff just a matter of weeks ago?

Well according to Coffee Republic’s Master Franchisee Siobhan Mooney, the problem lies not with the multi-million pound firm, but with the two Strabane entrepreneurs.

She said: “The two franchisees have gone their separate ways. They no longer want to proceed with Coffee Republic and we are doing all we can to resolve the situation in Strabane.”

But according to Trevor Mealiff, there is absolutely no problem whatsover.

Speaking yesterday (Wednesday), he confirmed that the Coffee Republic relationship had well and truly ended and that local people can now look forward to ‘a wider range of options and better value for money’.

He said, “When we opened Coffee Republic originally, we were testing things out and seeing how it would go.

“We have now decided that it just isn’t for us. We want to serve the needs of the people of Strabane, not those in London.

“The shop will remain open under the name Cafe Fresco but we will be able to use local suppliers and offer a wider range of options to the public. We will also be able to offer a better selection of hot food and a proper children’s menu. There was quite alot we weren’t able to do under the Coffee Republic name but that will change as of now. The people of Strabane can look forward to getting better value for their money and Dermot and I look forward to building up the clientele we have established to date,” Mr Mealiff said.


Everything’s rosy in garden as city builds on Square success

Published Date: 26 May 2008

Bristol, Cribbs Causeway Open

A Coffee Republic Bar has opened inside the Cribbs Causeway Mall in Bristol. Since opening in 1998 The Mall has attracted more than 135 million shoppers. The bar is located at LR071, Lower Level, Cribbs Causeway, Bristol, BS34 5DG.


Coffee Republic to open in Sharjah City Centre

$11mn facelift for Sharjah City Centre

Sharjah City Centre is to undergo an $11 million renovation and expansion, bringing in international chains including New Look, H&M and Borders, MAF Shopping Malls said on Sunday.

The redevelopment will take the mall’s total area to almost 38,000 square metres, with more than 114 shops, the company said in a statement.

Set for completion in December, the new-look centre will be home to an additional 22 new retailers including Vincci, Women’s Secret, Missha, Areej, Shades, and for the first time in the northern emirates, Coffee Republic and Parfois.

“In order to maintain [our] position, we are constantly assessing trends and evolving our centres to meet and exceed the ever changing markets in which they operate,” Ali Al-Abdallah, vice president of asset management at MAF, said in a statement.

“The Sharjah City Centre redevelopment is one such step to ensure we continue providing a world-class shopping experience.”

Developed and managed by MAF, the centre currently attracts foot traffic of nine million visitors each year.


City of Perth Set to Make way for the Republic

St John’s Shopping Centre, Perth has announced that work has now begun in earnest on a new Coffee Republic Deli outlet at the King Edward Street entrance to the shopping mall.

The Coffee Republic Deli, the first of its kind outside of Edinburgh and Glasgow, and the fourth of its kind in Scotland, is scheduled to open in Perth mid to late July 2008.

Perth’s Coffee Republic Deli will offer customers a unique combination of fresh deli food, award winning coffee blends and the opportunity to enjoy their Coffee Republic Deli experience either inside the shopping centre or on piazza style seating in St John’s Square on Kind Edward Street.

Siobhan McConnell, manager of St John’s Shopping Centre, said “The Coffee Republic Deli will be warmly welcomed to Perth and has a prime location at the main entrance to St John’s Shopping Centre. It is an innovative, cosmopolitan and well loved brand with excellent products and service and I believe it will complement and add strength and vitality to our city centre.”


Subscription of 500,000 pounds for loan note issue

LONDON (Thomson Financial) – Coffee Republic Plc. said it has received deposits from the minimum subscription of its 500,000 pounds convertible loan note issue.

Subject to receipt of the balance of the subscription monies the loan notes will be issued for cash at par on May 31.

The convertible loan stock offer remains open until July 31, the company said.

Under the terms of the loan note instrument a further 1.5 million pounds of loan notes may be issued prior to the final closing date of July 31, the company added.

Coffee Republic also said it plans to expand its estate of company owned stores in tandem with its continuing United Kingdom and international franchise expansion and ‘Coffee Republic Served Here’ concept which have been the subject of prior announcements.

CEO Steven Bartlett said: ‘By increasing our focus on shopping malls we believe that we have identified a good model for the expansion of company owned stores.

‘We are encouraged by the prospects that this strategy offers. Our experience with shopping mall sites has been very positive and the new branding and product offering is proving attractive to institutional landlords.’