BAR and cafe operator Fluid Group is to open its fourth Central Bean coffee shop in Newcastle and is looking to open a fifth in Yorkshire.
The Newcastle-based firm’s newest branch will be Central Bean @ The Business School and will open at Newcastle University Business School’s site at St James in September.
The 2,500sq ft cafe in the new university building will have room for 150 people.
Ian Clarke, director of Newcastle University Business School, said: “I am very pleased that Central Bean has been chosen to operate the café at our new Business School building. They already operate several first-class venues in Newcastle with style and efficiency.
“What makes us doubly pleased is that in selecting them, the Business School is also supporting the growth of a strong and vibrant local business. The company is absolutely passionate about what they do, and they are an ideal fit to our growing world-class Business School. I am sure that, when the new outlet opens in September, it will quickly become an important meeting point in the city.”
The company, which also owns seven bars in Newcastle – Barluga, Perdu, Fluid Bar, Pacific, The Mushroom, Quilted Camel and Blackie Boy – said the opening was part of an expansion plan that would take the brand to other regions and it has already identified a potential Yorkshire venture.
Dave Patten, Central Bean brand manager, said: “We believe it is a fantastic opportunity to open a Central Bean at Newcastle University Business School, and think that those attending The Business School will fully appreciate the uniqueness of the Central Bean brand.
“We believe in choosing the right opportunities for sustainable growth, and we are confident that the timing and location of this venture will be hugely successful for us.”