Stray's Coffee reveals plans to open in Stamford and Oakham
Newark-based Stray’s Coffee is planning to open new shops in Stamford and Oakham this year and possibly Market Harborough in 2020.
The family-run venture is noted for its combined bookshop, eatery, and live jazz venue.
A planning application submitted to Rutland County Council seeks to convert 2 High Street, Oakham, formerly occupied by Rutland Photographic, from retail to cafe use, creating 12 jobs.
Strays managing director Mat Short says a second cafe is planned in Stamford, but the planning application to South Kesteven District Council will be ‘imminent’ once a site is found. A similar number of jobs will be created.
Mat said his family operated coffee shops in Oakham and Stamford years ago, but they were sold.
Now, after 16 years in Newark, he is keen to return to both towns, adding it was fate that sites were coming to market at the same time.