Coffee Boy opens in The Glass Works

Latest addition means Barnsley town centre has welcomed 12 new businesses since October 2019

Barnsley town centre continues to rip up the decline of the high street script after another high street name opened its doors as part of The Glass Works – one of 12 businesses to open in the wider town centre since October last year.

And the town centre is set to go from strength to strength in 2020, with more openings as part of The Glass Works on the way.

Coffee Boy opened for business on Cheapside just before Christmas, joining JD Sports which became the first retailer to open as part of The Glass Works in early October.

A modern take on the traditional coffee shop – Coffee Boy offers specialist coffee, teas, cold drinks, breakfasts, panini's, pizza and a range of cakes and ice cream. Its Glass Works store is its first in Barnsley.

Meanwhile, the town centre’s independent food court – Market Kitchen – has added a stone baked pizzeria and rotisserie duck vendor to its menu.

Breeze Bros Pizza and Quack have joined Dolly’s Desserts, Daddy Beanz Coffee, Rajah Indian, Khao Niew Thai Café, Jar Bar Balkan and Cucina Sky Lounge.

The independent food court - which was already home to three traditional market cafes, who continue to enjoy bustling custom - will welcome one final vendor in the coming weeks. 

The new additions in the centre of town have been complemented by a new independent cocktail bar, Hill 16, which opened on Market Hill at the start of December, while The Victorian Arcade welcomed an Italian dessert parlour, Angelini’s Gelateria, in November.

Independent businesses continue to thrive in Barnsley town centre and so does its nightlife - the recently awarded Purple Flag status highlighting the growing strength of the town's bustling evening and night time economy.

The eclectic mix of new town centre businesses opening their doors means Barnsley continues to defy the decline of the high street odds.

David Shepherd, Service Director for Economic Regeneration and Culture at Barnsley Council, said: “It’s great to see a fantastic range of new businesses opening in Barnsley.

“2019 was a brilliant year and it ended on a high. The Glass Works and wider town centre is going from strength to strength and will continue to do so in 2020.

“All of these new businesses – both national chains and independent – are key to our town centre’s growth, particularly the food and drink outlets which have completely transformed Barnsley’s evening and night time scene, which has recently been awarded Purple Flag status, an accolade everyone should be extremely proud of.”

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