Ground Gives Tesco a Little Bit Extra

Local independent coffee chain selected by Tesco for new Banbridge store.

The newest and biggest Tesco Extra store in Northern Ireland is set for a further boost with the addition of local independent coffee chain Ground Espresso Bars.

The team behind the fast-growing coffee brand will create up to 10 jobs in the new Banbridge store, which will further boost Tesco’s offering in this their 55th branch.

With significant investment  in the 1,800sq ft coffee shop, the new Ground Espresso Bar will offer a welcome respite to busy shoppers looking for a break, as well as provide a sizeable kid’s play area packed with the latest must-have toys, alongside an area to park prams.

This is the latest venture for the family-owned business, which has gone from strength to strength by providing locally sourced quality food, high-quality coffee and exceptional customer service.

Karen Gardiner said: “We are delighted that a local brand like ours has been selected from a number of large coffee providers to deliver for a multi-national brand like Tesco. It is a great sign of confidence in what we have achieved here in Northern Ireland and will hopefully spur us on to future expansion and job creation”.

“Tesco is trialing new concepts that will focus on delivering more for their local communities and we hope we can supply more than a little bit extra to our customers in Banbridge and beyond.”

Ground Espresso Bars, a family owned and operated business, was established in 2001 in Coleraine. Employing over 120 staff across 11 stand-alone stores and concessions in Northern Ireland, Ground Espresso Bars’ mission is to provide a haven for customers where comfort, friendship, happiness, quality and ethics become synonymous with their name.

The new Tesco Extra store at Bridgewater Park in Banbridge opened earlier this month bringing 252 new jobs to the area and potentially boosting cross-border trade.

Stephen Magill, ,manager of Tesco Extra, Banbridge, said “We are delighted to welcome Ground Espresso Bar and the team to our store, and hope that our customers will enjoy a nice cuppa and snack there after shopping with us.”