A thriving independent coffee shop has signalled its commitment to city centre trading after renewing its lease in one of Birmingham city centre’s most prestigious retail arcades.
Despite the rigours of operating a small food business during the ongoing pandemic, Faculty Coffee has successfully signed a 10-year lease for its cafe in Piccadilly Arcade, which is owned and managed by Hortons’ Estate Limited.
Geoff Lam, who owns the speciality coffee and tea shop with wife Lucy, said he was keen to stay in the Arcade, which has been its home since 2013.
Geoff stated: “We’ve got to know many of our customers so well that they are on first-name terms and we consider them friends,
“It’s more than just a job: I enjoy going in daily. We’re all independent traders in the Arcade and we support each other, too, so it feels like a really great community. It makes sense to stay here.”
Located opposite Birmingham’s New Street Station, Piccadilly Arcade is home to several of Birmingham’s most well known and loved independent retailers in the city centre.
Commenting on the lease, Jeremy Boothroyd, Management Surveyor at Birmingham-based Hortons’, said retaining Faculty Coffee helped to strengthen the reputation of Piccadilly Arcade as a home for thriving independent shops.
Jeremy stated: “Geoff and his team, like many others, have faced significant challenges throughout 2020, but they have remained positive and shown resilience, thanks to their ability to adapt to an ever-changing market,” he said. “Hortons’ is pleased to be part of Faculty’s next chapter.”