19 June 2020

KRA:FT Barbers of Wakefield are refusing to let the coronavirus lockdown get in the way of their growth by launching a high-end coffee shop in the centre of Wakefield City centre.

KRA:FT Koffee, an expansion of KRA:FT Barbers on Wood Street Wakefield, opened the doors to its fantastic new pop-up coffee shop on Wednesday 17th June 2020 during the coronavirus lockdown. The inaugural launch of a coffee shop at such time may come as a surprise at a time that has proved difficult for many local businesses, however, Wakefield’s answer to premium coffee was something that had been months in the making and had been eagerly anticipated by owners Antony and Lisa who had set their sights on expanding into a coffee shop next door to their highly successful barbers shop a long time ago.

The new venture aims to bring the high-end coffee experience of larger neighbouring cities such as Leeds to Wakefield through serving ethically sourced, sustainable North Star coffee, Storm tea and Kokoa Collection hot chocolate on local residents and businesses doorsteps whilst supporting local suppliers and promoting the idea of shopping local. Something that at time like this is more crucial than ever. Equally all food and drinks packaging, along with any other single use items are sourced from Vegware; a company specialising in plant-based, compostable food service packaging. 

The launch event proved to be a hit with over 100 soon to be customers in attendance to celebrate the opening of a local business during somewhat of a difficult time, offering delicious free coffee and exquisite cakes to those in attendance. Cllr Darren Byford, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Regeneration was in attendance to celebrate the opening.

Cllr Byford said: “It is wonderful to see another independent hospitality offer open in the city centre.

“We know that this has been an extremely challenging time for local businesses and I would encourage residents and visitors to return to our city and town centres across the district and shop local.

“We have been working hard to make sure our high streets are safe to welcome people back and kick start our local economy once more. We will continue to offer extensive support and advice to businesses wishing to reopen and during their recovery.

“Congratulations to Antony and Lisa for all their hard work and I wish you every success in your new venture”.

Antony de Csernatony of KRA:FT Koffee said “Now more than ever is the time to celebrate Wakefield getting back to its best. Wakefield already has a great offering in terms of its night-time economy and we are here to build on that and support the local economy”.

KRA:FT Koffee will operate as a pop-up takeaway service during the lockdown, perfect for those on the go in the city centre adhering to government guidelines and social distancing, until lockdown eases which will allow for exciting plans such as growing the small team and offering a one of a kind coffee delivery service to local businesses via their coffee bike!

For more information and regular updates follow KRA:FT Koffee on Facebook here

By H Shipley