Yesterday Salute Espresso Cafe, who operate the kiosk at the Jetty, announced that Monday 26 April would be the last day of operation for them as the Coffs Harbour City Council had decided to not renew their lease after three years operation.
Salute posted the following announcement on local social media sites;
“To our friends, family & community.
Last week we took some hard news. Council has decided to not renew our lease at the Jetty kiosk so with a heavy heart we wanted to let you all know we will be serving our last friendly coffees and Acai bowls on the 26th April.
Thank you for the last 3 years.
They have been a whirlwind of hard work and laughs amongst the best people we could have imagined.
Whether you bought one coffee or 50 million acai bowls, we Thank YOU and we SALUTE YOU.
We are excited to continue to serve you at our town store which will be LAUNCHING Acai bowls and opening Monday -Saturdays 7-2pm!
Thank you for your love and support, we couldn’t have done it without you.”
A Salute Espresso video can be found at this URL; https://www.facebook.com/saluteespressocoffs/videos/2650089535282586
In response to some angry response on local Facebook sites Cr Sally Townley posted the following comment; “This decision was made by staff not Councillors. As one of the elected Councillors, I am shocked to learn this sad news by reading it here on Facebook!!!”
Update – 12.08 p.m. – 8 April 2021;
STATEMENT FROM COFFS HARBOUR CITY COUNCIL:
Council can advise that the current lease expired in December 2020 and at the time the tenant was given formal notice of the expiration of the tenancy as per Council’s requirements under the Retail Leases Act. The tenant was advised that the Council would be undertaking a competitive expressions of interest process through an external independent agency for a new three year lease of the facility.
The expression of interest opened on 12 February 2021 and closed on 17 March 2021 and at the end of the period, 7 expressions of interest had been received, these were shortlisted to 3 who were interviewed.
On 31 March 2021 all applicants were advised of the outcome. The choice of the successful applicant was unanimous across the panel.
The successful applicant is Mr Jonathon Oates, who runs the Hub Café in Sawtell and Woolgoolga as well as the Hub Kiosk at the CEX International Stadium. Mr Oates is due to commence at the Jetty Foreshores on 21 May 2021.