The Fursty Fox

News - 19/10/2023

Coffee shop start-up revitalises northern station

Birchwood Railway Station sees local food and drink retailer open its second shop.

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The Fursty Fox, an independent coffee retailer, has recently taken occupation at Birchwood Railway Station.

Having operated over the past 12 months from a converted horse trailer, the small business provides its community hot drinks and snacks at local festivals & agricultural events.

The letting represents the first retailer to take occupation at Birchwood Railway Station in over 6 years, facilitating growth of the station and that of the business, with space that provides commuters a higher selection of food and beverage options.

The station is situated in the south west of Birchwood, a town and civil parish located within the Borough of Warrington, an area of high economic prosperity with over 8,000 businesses employing approximately 115,000 people.

Joe Simms, Graduate Surveyor at Lambert Smith Hampton, said: “We are glad to see an independent start-up like The Fursty Fox take occupation at a prime location in Birchwood.

Train stations are quintessential travel hubs throughout the UK, with occupiers now starting to realise the retail potential they offer, taking the opportunity to grow their businesses and breathe new life into these derelict stations."

Helen Rainford-Douglas, the owner of The Fursty Fox, said: “When the opportunity to acquire a second site near our closest train station, we could not wait for the opportunity to provide more of our products to the local community. Having been a regular commuter in the past, I am aware of how important it is for commuters to be able to access ethically sourced, on the go food & drink.”

Lambert Smith Hampton let the unit to The Fursty Fox, and Northern Rail operates Birchwood Railway Station.

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