Belfast Telegraph

Ground Espresso Bars creates 10 new jobs at new Banbridge Tesco store

By Amanda Ferguson

Ten jobs will be created when Ground Espresso Bars opens at a new Tesco Extra store in Banbridge later this month.

The independent coffee chain will be located in a 1,800sqft shop at the Bridgewater Park complex.

This is the latest venture for the family-owned business, which was set up in Coleraine in 2001 by husband and wife team Darren and Karen Gardiner.

Ground Espresso Bars — recently named among the top 50 coffee bars in the UK by the Independent newspaper — employs more than 120 staff at 11 locations across Northern Ireland.

Earlier this year the couple unveiled a £100,000 refurbishment of their cafe at Next in Belfast city centre and also upgraded their concession at the Waterstones bookstore.

There are also Ground coffee shops in Ballymena, Ballymoney, Bushmills, Coleraine, Portrush and Sprucefield. The chain also plans to open its first outlet in the Republic at a branch of Next in Blanchardstown, Dublin, within the next year.

Karen Gardiner welcomed the move into Tesco’s new store.

“We are delighted that a local brand like ours has been selected from a number of large coffee providers to deliver for a multi-national brand like Tesco,” she said.

“It is a great sign of confidence in what we have achieved here in Northern Ireland and will hopefully spur us on to future expansion and job creation.

“Tesco is trialing new concepts that will focus on delivering more for their local communities and we hope we can supply more than a little bit extra to our customers in Banbridge and beyond.”

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