Friday, October 4, 2013

News: Fitzwilliam & Hughes opens in Rotherham town centre

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Fitzwilliam & Hughes is the latest business to open in the historic Imperial Buildings in Rotherham town centre.

The Edwardian, Grade II listed building at the top of the High Street has had extensive repairs and improvements made, as well as the introduction of living space above the ground-floor retail units. It is home to an arts and crafts hub with independent boutiques, The Whistle Stop Sweet Shop and hairdressers.

The new coffee shop provides a range of premium coffees, quality teas and hot chocolate drinks alongside breakfast sandwiches, cakes or lunch time Panini's. Afternoon tea can also be taken over-looking the Minster and its gardens.

Local businessman, and former councillor, Darren Hughes and business partner Matthew Leather had seen the potential for an up-market coffee shop in the town centre back in 2010, and this summer the project was revived as the previous operators in the unit, Sayas, closed its doors.

Darren Hughes, owner of Fitzwilliam & Hughes, said: "We'd felt for a while that there was the market for a quality coffee shop in Rotherham town centre.

"This summer with the ideal location becoming available, and the addition in recent years of new independent shops and the restoration of the town's historic quarter we decided now was the time to bring our concept to Rotherham."

Opening to customers following refurbishment last month, the coffee shop is set for an official opening today when The Mayor and Mayoress of Rotherham, Councillor John and Mrs. Foden, take afternoon tea.

Councillor Gerald Smith, cabinet member for regeneration and development at the council, said: "It is good to welcome yet another high quality business to Rotherham's town centre.

"Rotherham provides a great shopping and leisure experience to visitors, and the addition of Fitzwilliam & Hughes adjacent to the Minster Gardens further enhances the town's attractions.

"Fitzwilliam & Hughes is the 21st new business to open in Rotherham town centre so far this year. This illustrates how the town centre continues to enjoy a renaissance, increasingly attracting both new shoppers and new businesses."

Fitzwilliam & Hughes website

Images: RMBC

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