Five jobs created as shop’s expansion plans are approved

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A Duffield coffee shop is to expand, in a move which will create around five jobs and provide space for it to accomodate double the amount of customers.

Croots Farm shop has won permission from Amber Valley Borough Council to extend its cafe on Wirksworth Road.

Work is due to begin shortly on the project, with plans also in the pipeline for phase two, which could see a further extension at the front of the café to build a conservatory over the existing decking area.

That would allow Croots to serve up to four times more customers than it does currently.

Owner, Steve Croot, said: “Our coffee shop has been very popular since day one, and we’ve been thinking of expanding it for quite some time.

“Initially we plan to extend out from the side, which will give us space for around 30 more seats.

“We’re hoping that work will start during February and that the new extended coffee shop will be open in May.

“We also have planning permission to extend over the decking area and create a conservatory, which we may do in the future.”

Amber Valley Borough Council approved plans for a single storey side extension and a conservatory to the front of the farm shop in December.

The expansion project marks a significant investment for the farm shop which was a runner-up in the Best UK Independent Food Retailer 2010 category of the Observer Food Monthly Awards and named in The Independent’s top 50 best food shops the year before, said Steve Croot.

The extension will match the existing brickwork.