ONE of Perth’s most popular franchise cafes has suddenly shut its doors to coffee lovers after being placed in voluntary administration.
Customers were this morning greeted with a sign at the Coffee Club at the Kalamunda Central shopping centre advising them that the store was closed.
Nick Bryden, the chief executive of Minor DKL, which owns the Coffee Club brand, apologised to its loyal customers for any inconvenience the sudden closure caused.
“Kalamunda was temporarily closed today,” he said.
“The franchisee of the store placed their company into voluntary administration and the Coffee Club are in discussions with the administrator with the intention to open and operate the store as soon as possible.”
It comes after a tough few years in Queensland with a number of franchisees calling it quits.
Mr Bryden said it was the first closure in WA in the past 12 months.
“Throughout the year the Coffee Club will close and open stores as do most other retailers,” he said.
“This year we will close around a dozen stores and open close to the same number.
“Between Australia and international, The Coffee Club will open around 50 stores.”
The Coffee Club stepped onto the scene in 1990 and now has around 400 stores across nine countries.