New Coffeelink planned for Manningtree Station

Suffolk based coffee chain Coffeelink intend to open a new shop in a shed at Manningtree train station in Essex 

Suffolk based coffee chain Coffeelink intend to open a new shop in a former storage shed at Manningtree train station in Essex - Credit: Coffeelink/Google Maps

CoffeeLink has put in a planning application to open a new shop at Manningtree train station. 

The Suffolk-based coffee chain is hoping to take over a disused storeshed on the platform by the station building. 

Azzouz El-Mahraoui, director at Coffeelink, said: "It's a difficult decision, expanding now, but I think the only way to navigate the pandemic is to trade our way out of it."

"This is one of the ways we can succeed, by diversifying our income stream."

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Azzouz El-Mahraoui, director of Coffeelink - Credit: Lucy Taylor

Speaking about the new shop, Mr El-Mahraoui said: "It is a compact unit but it will serve a good purpose. 

"While passenger numbers aren't as high as before the pandemic, we still believe this is a good opportunity.

"There's still good demand for refreshment at the station— we're planning on serving a simplified version of the Coffeelink menu, focusing on teas and coffee, and self contained single wrapper snacks, like muffins and pastries. 

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"The intention at the moment is run it as a takeaway, mostly in the morning."

The project's fate will be decided by planners at Tendring Council.


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