This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser 21/11/2018.
Take a look inside Croydon’s newest coffee shop which has opened in the town centre
Triple Two Coffee wants to take on the likes of Costa and Pret a Manger.
One of the bosses at a coffee shop which has just opened in Croydon town centre says it is the “perfect fit” for the borough.
Triple Two Coffee, based on George Street, opened last Tuesday (November 13) and has a variety of pastries and cakes on the menu as well as a lunch range, including 21 vegetarian and vegan options.
On the day it opened, Triple Two Coffee gave the first 50 customers through the doors a free coffee, doughnut and goodie bag. Other coffee lovers were given the chance to win a free coffee and vouchers in a lucky dip game throughout the day.
As well inside seating and all of the other essentials you expect to see in a modern day coffee shop, the store features a courtyard out the back, which can seat around 30 people.
The shop, which opened in the vacant unit previously occupied by BONITA fashion, is open between 7am and 7pm Monday to Saturday, and from 9am to 6pm on Sundays.
“We felt Croydon was the perfect place to develop our brand,” co-founder David Hodgetts said.
“We have East Croydon station, the High Street and other certain brands which are opening here, like Five Guys. It made a lot of sense when we were showed the area and we feel our proposal of fresh food and better coffee fitted perfectly with Croydon.
“There are the offices, the people commuting and it’s just a great fit.”
Triple Two Coffee was formed when Mr Hodgetts and business partner Sezan Walker opened their first store in Swindon in August 2016.
Since then they’ve come on leaps and bounds, with Croydon being the seventh location they have opened in.
And they have major ambitions for the next five years too, with plans to take on the giants of the coffee world – Costa, Starbucks, Caffé Nero and Pret a Manager.
“We opened our first store about two and a half years ago in August 2016 in Swindon,” said Mr Hodgetts.
“There were three people who started the business up and we have always wanted to expand it.
“From the research we did on all of the big coffee shops we found their food offerings were very limited.
“Our concept was to deliver better coffee, to create fresh food every day and to create a fantastic new brand design.
“We are now to the point where we have invested heavily into the business and we have seven stores open.
“Croydon was the seventh and we are looking to open 200 stores in the next three years.”
The company plans to do its bit to save the planet too.
That’s because every customer who brings a reusable cup into a Triple Two branch gets a 25p discount on their purchase.
Mr Hodgetts believes the Croydon branch has the credentials to help the company not only take on some of the biggest coffee brands in the world, but to help dislodge them from their perch.
“I was at the launch and it was a massively successful day,” he said. “We had a lot of customers through the door and now we just want to build on that and raise awareness.
“We have come from Swindon and now we are building our brand into London and we need to tell people that we are this hybrid of Costa and Pret.
“We are taking on these big companies and we want to make a success out of it.”