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Stray's Coffee reveals plans to open in Stamford and Oakham

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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.

Jazz (12772844)
Jazz (12772844)

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.

A board (12772842)
A board (12772842)

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.

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