A RETAILER has thrown the wraps off its new £55,000 cafe for its customers to rest for a meal as they shop.
Bosses of the Home Interiors Sunderland city centre store has invested more than £100,000, half of which has been spent revamping the branch, creating a largerretail space and three jobs.
It has also spent £55,000 creating a 30-seat licensed cafe, which is being operated by well-known Wearside restaurant group, Amore, which also runs two bars and restaurants in town.
Rob Stevens, Michael O’Connor Furniture Group joint managing director, said: “The opening of Café Amore takes the investment in our Home Interiors store to more than £100,000.
“As well as creating employment, the store’s modernisation and the opening of a cafe there will help widen Sunderland’s appeal to visitors and shoppers.
“Both businesses are committed to the Wearside area and we are proud to be making a significant contribution to the success and vibrancy of Sunderland city centre.”
Kam Chera, from Amore Restaurant group, said: “This is an exciting project for us and we’re delighted that our two brands will be joined together with the opening of Café Amore in the Home Interiors premises.
“We share the same ethos for our businesses and complement each other’s vision for the future.”
The store, previously called Michael O’Connor, was renamed Home Interiors when it reopened in December to reflect its bigger product range and the broadening of its customer appeal.