New cafe will offer ‘daily dose’ of jobs

Empty unit on ground floor underneath Travelodge which is to become a cafe
Empty unit on ground floor underneath Travelodge which is to become a cafe

SEVEN new jobs will be created when a new cafe opens alongside Lancaster’s Travelodge next month.

Pão Pão has exchanged contracts to rent the ground floor units of the Travelodge development on the corner of King Street and Spring Garden Street.

The coffee shop, which will offer free wireless internet and will have several iPads fixed onto tables, is due to open on Thursday, February 2.

A plan for a champagne bar as part of the development fell through after the company behind it, Centro Coffee and Juice Ltd, went into liquidation.

Pão Pão currently has a coffee shop in Ashton-under-Lyme, but also plans to open branches in Ambleside and Manchester city centre and eventually hopes to expand nationally.

As well as coffee Pão Pão – which means “Bread Bread” in Portugese, a saying equivalent to our “daily dose” – will also offer food, milkshakes and fruit smoothies.

It is promising a modern interior as part of the £200,000 development and says staff will receive comprehensive coffee training .

They will use state-of-the-art Dalla Corte espresso machines with self-adjusting grinders and boilers to ensure a superior taste.

Managing director, Chris Locke, said: “Our Ashton shop opened 18 months ago.

“It has done well and allowed us to start the roll-out of shops.

“We chose Lancaster because it is a great student city and this is a site than stands out alongside the Travelodge.

“We will tailor our offering to students and businesses and offer customers something different.

“Lancaster is a lovely place and it’s great to be able to say we have got a shop here.

“Our intention for growth is to fit in with local needs and create a boutique brand, as opposed to our competitors who fit out with a generic décor in all their shops.

“For example, we will provide customer iPad use in areas where the market is predominantly student or business-led as will be the case in the new Lancaster store.”