Bishop’s Stortford Be Yourself Stroke Group leader reopens refurbished Starbucks
Community and coffee are at the heart of Bishop’s Stortford’s newly refurbished Starbucks.
The outlet in Jackson Square reopened on Friday (February 15) after 12 days of modernisation. It was the first revamp in 13 years.
The refurbishment includes new furniture to complement a fresher style, with LED lighting and artwork. Sofas and comfortable seating have been installed along with new flooring and toilets.
Coffee-lovers celebrated the launch of the new-look Starbucks with a host of treats, including free coffee vouchers and samples of the chain’s bakery range.
The occasion was celebrated by the cafe’s charity partner, Stroke Association, which runs the Bishop’s Stortford Be Yourself Stroke Group, whose leader Sam Barrett was invited to cut a ceremonial ribbon.
The group welcomes young stroke survivors and their carers once a month for a cup of coffee and peer support. The meetings have been hosted at Starbucks, where staff have a range of fundraising events planned, for the past five years.
An extra-large table has been added to the cafe’s furniture so such groups can meet more comfortably.
Jackson Square centre manager Michael Smith said: “Starbucks is a firm favourite in the shopping centre and it’s fantastic that they’ve invested in the fresh new look. I’m thrilled that Jackson Square is forever evolving to create an improved experience for our shoppers, and the redesigned Starbucks coffee shop is an important part of that.”
Antony Mecklenburgh, store manager at Starbucks franchise partner 23.5 Degrees, said: “The refreshed store will offer additional seating, providing a great environment for tourists, shoppers and families to enjoy a delicious cup of coffee.”