THIRTY new jobs could be on the way to Strabane, after café chain Bob and Berts confirmed they are looking to open a local outlet.
Initially revealed through a post on social media, it is understood that management have already been to the town on a scoping exercise for a new premises.
However, speaking on behalf of Bob and Berts, Colin McClean explained that the company has yet to find the perfect home for a new Strabane café.
“The position is, we’re looking at Strabane but we haven’t yet got a site,” Mr McClean said. “But we’re looking for one.” The company’s founder further confirmed that when a suitable site is found, a Bob and Berts café will follow.
Bob and Berts was established in Portstewart in 2013 by Colin McClean with his brother-in-law, David Ferguson joining the business in 2015.
The business – which employs some 300 staff – currently has 16 outlets across the North including locations in Coleraine, Belfast and Omagh.
Three more cafés are also set to open in Scotland in the coming months.
“When we started, it was only supposed to be one coffee shop in Portstewart, now we’re up to 17, with the latest one to open in Scotland,” Mr McClean continued. “We’re hopefully going to be opening one in Falkirk by the middle of September.
“It’s a dream come true.”
He continued, “We normally operate from 8am until 9pm so generally, we’d have about 30 staff in total, some of those being part-time.”
The development has also been welcomed by the Strabane Chamber of Commerce president, Martin Gallen.
“I’ll be happy to see yet another vacant property in town being occupied and again the interest shown by large chains in our fantastic town is yet another vote of confidence in the position we are in, with regards to consumer confidence,” he said. “Long may it last and I wish them every success.”