Long cof­fee break

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

The Cof­fee Club has re­opened at Bel­mont Fo­rum af­ter 17 months.

BEL­MONT Fo­rum’s re­de­vel­op­ment has been great for shop­pers and par­tic­u­larly those with a taste for cof­fee, with two new cof­fee shops open and the re­turn last week of The Cof­fee Club.

The Cof­fee Club fran­chisees Preeti Soni and Bindya Pa­tel hope their re­turn to Bel­mont leads to a re­turn to the suc­cess of days gone by, hav­ing spent 17 months in busi­ness wilder­ness.

When their store closed dur­ing the re­de­vel­op­ment last May, just days af­ter win­ning a WA Fran­chisee of the Year award, they had ex­pected a nine-month close­down. Both Ms Soni and Ms Pa­tel took the op­por­tu­nity to re­turn to their na­tive South Africa to see fam­ily and friends – some­thing that wasn’t an op­tion while the busi­ness was op­er­at­ing.

How­ever, nine months be­came 17 months be­fore they were able to re­turn to ac­tion. With an ex­pired lease, which caused their fran­chise agree­ment to also end, Ms Soni and Ms Pa­tel en­dured a long process just to get their busi­ness open again.

“We didn’t even get to dis­play the award; it has been in the cup­board for a whole 18 months,” Ms Soni said.

“There are lots of chal­lenges when run­ning a busi­ness but when you are mi­grants from over­seas, then you win the prize, then have to close and then come back to a cen­tre where they have added two more cof­fee shops, it’s a big­ger chal­lenge this time.”

They were un­der­stand­ably rapt when Bel­mont MLA Cassie Rowe helped to open their new Bel­mont Fo­rum store on Thurs­day.

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Busi­ness part­ners at The Cof­fee Club at Bel­mont Fo­rum, Preeti Soni and Bindya Pa­tel.

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