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New lease of life for town centre cafe

As reported in last week’s edition of the Wolds Weekly, a recently closed café in Driffield will reopen at the end of the month after being purchased by a Capital of the Wolds-based businessman.

The sudden closure of Cooplands’s Secret Garden Café on Middle Street South in March was a huge blow for dozens of locals and visitors to Driffield.

However, the café is now set for a new lease of life after Christopher Smith announced he had acquired the Secret Garden and Orchard Cafes.

Mr Smith has announced his intention to reopen the Driffield café on Monday 26th June, as well as seven others across East and North Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, all previously operated by Cooplands.

The move to reopen the cafes will create several jobs at the Driffield branch, and 72 in total, with further job opportunities created through the local supply chain.

Mr Smith has said that under his stewardship, Secret Garden will focus on working with local suppliers, aim to promote regional products and support the economy around Driffield and the Wolds. The businessman is hopeful that by working in partnership with neighbouring firms, his cafes will deliver high-quality experiences to customers whilst helping to grow the community.

“I am thrilled to be a part of this exciting venture and to work with the dedicated team at Secret Cafes and Orchard Cafes,” said Mr Smith.

“Our mission is to provide exceptional service, create jobs and strengthen our ties with the local community.”

Six of the eight cafes will begin to operate from the end of June – Scarborough and Hull (19th June) and Driffield, Bridlington and Cottingham (26th June).

Two further sites will follow suit at the beginning of July – Beverley, Louth and Middlesbrough (Monday 3rd July).

Mr Smith has said he wants the cafes to become thriving hubs for locals and visitors, with an inviting atmosphere and a range of food.

He is optimistic about the prospects of his acquisition and the impact it can have on the region.

“I believe in the potential of these cafes to be more than just places to enjoy a cup of coffee or a meal,” said Mr Smith.

“They will serve as meeting points, social spaces and sources of employment and inspiration for the community.

“Together, we can create something truly special.”

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