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A board promoting Cappuccino coffee shop at Huyton stations

Residents saw the potential and an opportunity to start their business in Huyton Village Centre

by Jonathan Kearney

Two Huyton residents decided they wanted to “set up shop” in a particular location in the Village Centre after spotting the potential in an unusual place.

Stu and Jo Woodward, who both grew up in Huyton and have lived in Huyton most of their lives, opened the doors to Cappuccino, located at Platform 1, Huyton Train Station just over a year ago.

The couple have innovatively turned a storage space into a take-away coffee shop offering fresh locally roasted coffee, iced coffees, teas, cold drinks, fresh cakes and snacks – everything you’d need for your ongoing journey. Plans to expand their offer include freshly made sandwiches.

Just a month after opening, the pandemic struck and soon they had to close their doors, but last week, on Monday 17 May they were once again able to open and are looking forward to welcoming residents and visitors into Cappuccino.

They also offer employment opportunities to local people who are registered on training programmes and back to work schemes through programmes such as those delivered by the Council’s Knowsley Works team.

Owners Stu and Jo said: “It’s been such a difficult year for everyone and to literally have your new business open it’s doors for just a month and then have to close was so disappointing. But we are just so glad that we are now open and have really enjoyed seeing people again at this busy station.

“We’re looking to continue to add to our menu over the coming weeks and months with freshly made sandwiches being available shortly and we are also offering a loyalty scheme too for our regular customers.

“We’ve been reading about the Council’s ten year development plan for the area which aims to attract more businesses and people into the area and we are in a prime position to see the development happen. It’s also great to see the area where we both grew up attracting investment, interest and development. Exciting times for Huyton and we’re delighted to be part of it.”

Cllr Tony Brennan, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “I really applaud Stu and Jo for their passion, drive, innovation and commitment to Huyton Village Centre. They clearly saw the potential and an opportunity here which they have successfully pursued.  They are in a prime position in the Village Centre and like them, I too am looking forward to seeing our ambitious plans for Huyton progress.”

Cappuccino is currently open Monday to Friday from 7.15am until 4pm, with opening hours being regularly reviewed. You can find out more by following them on Twitter or Instagram @Cappuccino_HTS or join them on Facebook –  Cappuccino HTS.