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New coffee house opens its doors to public at idyllic river front location

Former Pump House was recently redeveloped for this new business venture

A coffee house at the newly refurbished Pump House in Portadown has opened its doors to the public.

Co Antrim-based cafe chain Ground Espresso Bars opened on the idyllic river front – basking in sunshine – on Friday.

Built in 1929 as part of a drainage system for the town, the Pump House, has been totally transformed and restored as a cafe, capable of accommodating in the region of 30 diners at a time.

The building’s refurbishment was part of a social development project along Portadown’s riverside.

Darren Gardiner, who runs the company alongside his wife Karen, said: “The coffee industry in Northern Ireland is more than able to compete with the big high street chains.”

The company will be opening two others at Laganbank Retail Park in Lisburn and Victoria Square Shopping Centre in Belfast in the near future.

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