The owner of a brand new coffee shop in Dundee’s Reform Street hopes her business could help kickstart the regeneration of the area.
Heather Sharpe, of Coffee and Co, said she had thought long and hard about where to site her new venture.
And she was convinced, despite the odds, that Reform Street was the answer.
At the official opening of the shop, she said she was very hopeful the project would help boost the area.
She said: “I really did my research and looked at several possible options and I believe that Reform Street is the best place.”
Recently the Tele highlighted the dwindling vibrancy of the city centre street.
Over recent years the number of shops in the street has declined and now there are almost as many empty units as thriving retailers.
However, Heather is not daunted by the recent decline and is keen to be part of any regeneration of the area.
She added: “A coffee shop like this could be a very welcome addition to Reform Street.
“It’s an ideal location for a shop and hopefully by providing a high quality service we can encourage customers and other business into the area.”
Heather said she was aware that a new restaurant was planning to open nearby and Project Pie also had a store in the city street.
She had also heard talk of other businesses showing an interest in the area.
She added: “Anything that can be done to boost the popularity of the area is surely very welcome news for the city centre.
“This is a personal ambition for me, I want to be part of the bid to regenerate the area.”
Heather’s coffee shop is at the Albert Square end of the street, in the Meadow House building that was once the HQ of the Alliance Trust.
She added: “We plan to specialise in good quality coffee and all homebaking which will be done by myself and two other women. I am getting up at 5am to bake. I don’t believe we can go wrong with homebaking.”
Heather said the shop would also be providing soup and sandwiches.
She said that the premises could cater for disabled customers and a ramp would soon be available at the front door for wheelchair users.