Curve Coffee Store opening means The Centre in Margate continues transformation

The opening of Curve coffee store and cafe means The Centre is now full

Curve Coffee Store cafe and brunch spot’s opening at The Centre in Margate this month marks a successful rejuvenation of The Centre with nearly all units now taken by traders.

The new improved kitchen at the 35-seat cafe, run by Curve Coffee Roasters, serves breakfast and brunch, with a seasonally changing menu, including cinnamon buns baked fresh every day, fried egg breakfast pretzel baps, grilled cheese sandwiches, seasonal salads and more.

Tereza Vertatova, co-founder and director of Curve Coffee Roasters which first opened its doors in the town in 2016, said: “We wanted to relocate our shop to bigger premises and be a little more central, with more foot traffic around.

“The Centre was particularly attractive as it’s recently become a bit of a hub with local independent businesses, many of whom we know and love. The location is great and being able to have outside seating is a big plus.

“We love our new space and our customers do, too. It’s been great to be neighbours with some great local business and there’s a buzzy, friendly atmosphere. We’ve had lots of very positive feedback from our regulars as well as new customers.”

Phil Murphy, asset manager at Evolve Estates, which owns and manages The Centre, said: “Attracting an established and successful local business as Curve Coffee Roasters to The Centre is a real testament to the hard work we’ve put in to invest and bring to life this now thriving shopping and leisure destination.”

In 2019 Evolve took over The Centre and agreed an investment programme to transform the neglected area into a bright, vibrant and creative space for shoppers and business owners.

Evolve worked with Sarah-Jane Cook, best known as SJ, from the previous Margate Superstore (now moved), to create a colourful scheme for The Centre and isle artist Jade Spranklen created a large mural at the site.

Evolve then split some of the large vacant units to make affordable work/studio and retail space on shorter rent leases.

Curve Coffee Roasters joins 17 other retailers, including Boots, Peacocks and Card Factory, Modern Provider bakery, music venue Elsewhere, plus UpMargate, the retail, pop-up and studio space for fledgling businesses, traders and artists.