A Sheffield estate agency is pioneering a new form of branch office - one that sells homes at the same time as it sells coffee and cake, too.
As we previewed on Estate Agent Today over Christmas, the idea is the brainchild of Redbrik, an agency run by managing director Mark Ross.
The first of its two branches to open is now doing business as a click and collect coffee shop combining property with what it calls “authentic Italian food, high-quality ingredients and a world-class service.”
Ross says: “We’ve always been avid supporters of the high street and our local community. We wholeheartedly believe that by creating quality new office and social spaces within the communities we serve, we are enriching the local area. We hope they will become treasured community hubs.
“While 2020 had limited social contact, we’re confident 2021 will bring more normality, particularly allowing us to meet in person to create deeper relationships with our clients, providing a better, more personal service.”
The agency branch and coffee shop - called Raffina - will eventually allow dine-in guests as the government restrictions ease.
The new concept involves a second store, elsewhere in Sheffield, in place of a former Le Bistrot Pierre restaurant.