09 Apr 2018

Maxol and Ground Espresso Bars announce partnership

£1 million investment over the next three years

Maxol, Northern Ireland’s leading family-owned forecourt and convenience retailer, has announced it will invest £1million with Ground Espresso Bars, Northern Ireland’s largest independently-owned scaled artisan coffee chain in a new commercial partnership.

The first of the new stores will open towards the end of March in Maxol’s flagship site on the A26 at Tannaghmore, Co. Antrim, which itself opened just under a year ago, with an investment of over £200,000 and creating 10 new jobs.  

The new Tannaghmore store marks the 24th for the popular coffee chain and will offer a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy Ground’s famed bespoke quality coffees and fresh homemade produce. Featuring Ground’s on trend industrial finish, Brew Bar and bespoke custom-made espresso machines from Synesso in Seattle, the new 48-seater store will provide a great shared space for both remote workers and families who can benefit from high-speed Wi-Fi, desktop charging points, large community tables and a new indoor and outdoor kids’ play area, which is a first for Ground.    

Brian Donaldson, Chief Executive, Maxol said: "We are delighted to be announcing this new partnership with Ground Espresso Bars. As a family owned and operated business with a passion for quality and innovation, we have much in common with our new partners and we look forward to developing several projects with Ground over the next three years.  

"We want our customers to have plenty of choice within our sites and by introducing Ground into our estate that is exactly what we are providing. Along with our existing food offerings that include our own Maxol deli, we are working hard to provide our customers with a fabulous new offer within a modern and welcoming environment."

Karen Gardiner, Director, Ground Espresso Bars added: “We are really looking forward to opening this new store with Maxol and expanding our store network. The partnership represents a significant investment by both companies and we look forward to seeing this develop further over the coming years.”

“In addition to featuring our first indoor and outdoor children’s play area, this new store at Tannaghmore offers easy parking for customers and a shared space which is suitable for business meetings or catching up with friends”, added Karen.

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