Grand Union reveals partners for new collaborative concept


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Grand Union has revealed the coffee shop and barbers that are due to join the company as partners in their new bar concept opening next year.

The group, which operates eight bars as Grand Union around London, has selected speciality coffee house brand Vagabond and male grooming specialist Drakes of London (pictured) to share its new premises.

The “experiential” bar concept built around collaborative concessionary partnerships, described as the first of its kind, was announced in October. It is due to open in Land Securities’ new development Thomas More Square in Wapping in east London in early 2016.

Adam Marshall, founder and CEO of Grand Union, said: “The team behind Vagabond, founders Dainoras and Povilas, are simply at the top of the game when it comes to coffee selection, roasting and operation. They have a strong brand and a great will to succeed.

“Speciality coffee is so different to high-street coffee: if your coffee arrives to you within 90 seconds it wasn’t made properly.

“Drakes of London to us represent masters in their field and we are very excited to be working with the teams at Vagabond and Drakes of London on our new venture.

“This is an opportunity to be creative in a competitive market and offer a huge point of difference to our new customers in Wapping.”

Dating back to 2004, Drakes of London already operates a men’s grooming salon in Fulham in south-west London. Vagabond was founded in 2011 by Dainoras and Povilas Petrauskas and has three sites in Islington and Stroud Green in north London and Whitechapel in east London.

Grand Union bars are in Farringdon, Clapham, Wandsworth, Camberwell, Chancery Lane, Camden, Kennington and Paddington.

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