Archive for November, 2008

27
Nov
08

New Republic begins in Exchange Flags

Nov 27 2008 by Dawn Collinson, Liverpool Echo

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UP ABOVE the clouds at 38,000 feet, Andy Fernandez served coffees to everyone, from Kylie to the Queen. Now the former cabin service director for British Airways has his feet firmly back on the ground, although he’s still in the business of brewing.

Former De La Salle lad Andy has decided to take a career U-turn after 15 years working with the airline to fly home to Liverpool and open his own shop.

Tomorrow night he will realise his ambition with the launch of the city’s first Coffee Republic in the heart of the business district on Exchange Flags. Andy’s good friend, Casualty actress Sunetra Sarker, will officially open the store at its launch party.

It is, he explains, something he’s been considering for the past few years.

He says: “I’ve been flying since I was 19 and I loved my job, the interaction with the public and serving people. But it was long haul, I was always in hotels all over the world and, although that might seem like a great life and it was, it can also be a little bit lonely at times.

“I’m a real family person and I wanted to settle myself back in Liverpool, to work for myself and to have a business where I was going to serve people.”

And if there’s one thing Andy knows about it’s making a decent cappuccino.

“I’ve added it up and I reckon I’ve served about 576,000 cups of coffee and tea in the air,” laughs Andy.

“During my time with BA I worked in a dedicated team of cabin managers who travelled around the world looking after royalty and other VIPs.

“I’ve taken the Queen around Europe, I’ve flown with Tony Blair when he was prime minister, Kylie Minogue on tour and also the Spice Girls. I’ve served all these prestigious people which was amazing and now I want to do it here in Liverpool.

“I’m first class trained so I served our first class customers silver service and we did make freshly ground coffees with foamed milk. It’s pretty similar with my new business, although obviously the machines here are much more advanced than I was using on the aircraft.”

Franchising the Liverpool Coffee Republic flagship store, says Andy, has given him the opportunity to add business skills to his already impressive CV.

“Even though I’m very confident in my customer service skills and my management skills, I’m still at the learning stage with running a business,” he says. “But having a franchise gives you that security and Coffee Republic have been fantastic, taking a lot of the stress away.”

25
Nov
08

Malta International Airport

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Malta

Malta International Airport, Non Schengen Departure Lounge.

24
Nov
08

Dubai Coffee Republic

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Dubai

Coffee Republic Dubai, Diera City Centre Mall, First Floor, Dubai, UAE, United Arab Emirates

Tel: 9714 2943144

Store Type: Deli
Opening: Mon – Sun 800-2345
24
Nov
08

Coffee Republic unveils new website

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Today Coffee Republic unveiled its brand new website which combines a totally new look with some of extra features to enhance the CR Brand.

This new look includes a totally revamped Bar locations section which makes it much easier to locate your nearest Bar and will even help you get directions there. Furthermore, customers can now join the CR Community where they can sign up to receive exclusive promotional information and pre-filled loyalty cards.

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21
Nov
08

Coffee Republic is debt-free for 13th birthday

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(21 November 2008)

Coffee Republic has said that, for the first time in many years, the company is to be debt-free.

This effectively means that the brand can celebrate its thirteenth birthday this week with the opening of its 200th branded outlet without looking over its shoulder.

The essence of today’s news is that Coffee Republic has reached a ‘debt compromise’ arrangement with Barclays, to be satisfied by a single payment. To fund the move, Coffee Republic will be completing a placing of around two-and-a-half million new shares at 30p per New Ordinary Share.

The chairman and chief executive officer Peter Breach and vice-chairman Steven ‘Barty’ Bartlett will participate in the share placing.

What the City delightfully calls their ‘concert party’ currently owns 27.41% of the shares, and the general rule is that any party owning 30% of shares must make a general offer to buy out other shareholders.

In this case, as Bartlett (who led the regeneration of the brand) and Breach have received no pay for two years, shareholders are being asked to waive this requirement if the two directors’ acquisition of more shares takes them over the 30% limit.

Meanwhile, Coffee Republic will celebrate its 13th birthday this Friday and Saturday and, at certain stores, will be handing out free coffee cake made with the brand’s original blend.

The brand is also opening its 200th branded site, which is expected to be in Liverpool. These sites include the ‘Coffee Republic served here’ in-store concessions, as well as the company’s 19 owned sites, 53 franchised sites, and 14 sites abroad.

Our source at the company tells that franchise and concession income has allowed Coffee Republic to cover all of its recent operating costs and that, by wiping out its debt and concentrating more on a franchised model, the brand should now be able to move ahead at a faster pace.

20
Nov
08

New Leicester Bar


Situated on Granby Street minutes from the pedestrianised shopping area and Leicester Rail Station, Coffee Republic Leicester opened on Friday November 14 by Mr Atul Kanabar. The store offers two floors of spacious comfortable seating areas.

Shop address: 20-22 Granby Street, Leicester LE1 1DE.

07
Nov
08

Coffee Republic opens in Abingdon Market Place

Looking over the Market Place, a new Coffee Republic has opened it doors in Abingdon.

Abingdon’s Market Place has recently won an award following its £360,000 transformation last year. Abingdon Town Council received the award from the Oxford Preservation Trust, which recognises projects which make a contribution to the conservation and improvement of Oxfordshire.

The new shop is situated at 18/19 Market Place, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 3HF