First Love Brownies café in Wales opens in Penarth

10 December 2020
  • Love Brownies opens in Penarth in unit let by Cooke & Arkwright
  • Love Brownies opens in Penarth in unit let by Cooke & Arkwright
  • Love Brownies opens in Penarth in unit let by Cooke & Arkwright

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The first Love Brownies Café in Wales has opened in Windsor Road, Penarth. Love Brownies Penarth is part of a growing network of cafes and shops across the UK offering multi-award-winning brownies plus a delicious breakfast and lunch menu, vegan options, and some beautiful gifts.

Cooke & Arkwright secured the lease on behalf of the landlord, Plymouth Estates. The firm’s Building Consultancy carried out repairs and prepared and decorated the unit in readiness for Love Brownies shop fitout team.

Ben Davies, Associate with Retail & Leisure said, “Love Brownies is another great addition to the town’s eclectic mix of shops, bars, restaurants and cafés. Opening a new store in these uncertain times is testament to Love Brownies’ confidence in their fantastic product and the town itself. This optimism is consistent with many other franchisees of a similar nature, proving that operators are seeing the opportunities in this challenging market.”

Franchisor Lee Teal added, “Our first café in Wales is a really big deal for us. We pride ourselves on offering a fantastic experience that matches our award-winning brownies and we’re delighted to open our doors and welcome the people of Penarth.”

Love Brownies was founded in the Yorkshire Dales in 2009 by Lee and Chantal Teal with the aim of baking the ‘ultimate chocolate brownie and making people smile’. It has since become well-established franchised business with a range of cafes, Grab & Go’s and Brownie Day Tourers across the country.

Cooke & Arkwright have been providing rating valuation advice to The Welsh Rugby Union Limited (“WRU”) and Millennium Stadium plc for many years. They were recently successful in achieving substantial reductions in the assessments of the Millennium Stadium, covering both the 2005 and 2010 rating list. These negotiated reductions yielded savings of c.£3.5m which, crucially, allows the WRU to re-invest in rugby throughout Wales. They advise the WRU across the group portfolio including the National Centre of Excellence in the Vale of Glamorgan. The valuation issues across the WRU portfolio are complex requiring a high level of understanding of the funding and finances of professional sport in Wales. Cooke & Arkwright’s experience and understanding of these issues and application to the rating valuation have yielded these substantial negotiated reductions. The WRU and the Millennium Stadium entrust our work to organisations with the required levels in experience and expertise in dealing with these complex issues. I am glad to say we have this expertise in Wales. I would have no hesitation in recommending ratepayers making use of this Welsh based expertise.

Steve Phillips, Group Finance Director, Welsh Rugby Union Group