Beanscene snapped up
Published:  03 October, 2008

Scottish coffee chain Beanscene has been sold to the entrepreneurs behind Glasgow's Fifi and Ally restaurant chain, securing 130 jobs in the process.

Fiona Hamilton and Alison Fielding will take control of the 14-strong chain, which will see the company treble its turnover to £6 million. Restaurant and retailer Fifi and Ally launched in 2005 and currently has two outlets in Glasgow.

"Initially, we'll extend the food offer," said Fiona Hamilton. "The two brands complement each other - Sex In The City meets bohemia. Some branches will rebrand as Fifi and Ally's new express food concept, while others will retain the Beanscene identity." She said they have a loyal customer base, strong funding and a new management structure.

KPMG became administrator for Beanscene on 24 July after its former owners hit difficulties.




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