Coffee’s no grind for new business

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A NEW coffee and sandwich shop is set to open next week in Ellon, with the couple behind the venture hoping to capitalise on the town’s growing appetite for places to eat and drink.

Paul and Wendy Haggath have been busy adding the finishing touches to their new Symposium coffee house in the town’s Neil Ross Square. Having established a successful similar venture in Peterhead in 2005, the couple are hoping that the Symposium experience is one which will prove to be every bit as popular with Ellon customers.

“We’d been looking to expand the business and were looking at a number of towns in the area”, says Paul. “We heard that this shop was available, so we put our names down. Really, it got us as much as we got it!”. Adds Wendy: “We love Ellon, particularly with the Ythan running through the centre, and the square is a great location for us to have tables outside.”

After university, Paul began his career in the hotel trade, before turning his mind to the growing market for coffee on our high streets. “People are used to being able to get good coffee now, made fresh on the premises. However, with so few of the coffee shop chains operating outside the main population areas, a lot of towns miss out on that.

“What we offer is the same experience, somewhere in between what you’d find in a Starbucks or a Costa”, he says. “All the food will be made fresh on the premises, and our coffee is very much blended to our own particular specifications.”

Symposium will open its doors on Tuesday 7 June.