THE future looks tasty for a city centre store.
The opening of a new cafe in Home Interiors marks the completion of a £105,000 facelift.
Michael O’Connor Furniture Group has given its Holmeside store a £50,000 refit, while a further £55,000 has gone on creating a 30-seat licensed cafe to be run by city restaurant group Amore.
Café Amore, which employs four staff, is the latest addition to a chain which also includes Amore Lounge Bar and Restaurant in Tavistock Place and Amore 2@Ashbrooke Sports Centre. Rob Stevens, joint managing director for Michael O’Connor Furniture Group, said: “The opening of Café Amore takes the investment in our Home Interiors store to more than £100,000.
“As well as creating employment, the store’s modernisation and the opening of a cafe there will help widen Sunderland’s appeal to visitors and shoppers.
“Both businesses are committed to the Wearside area and we are proud to be making a significant contribution to the success and vibrancy of Sunderland city centre.”
Kam Chera, from Amore Restaurant group, said: “This is an exciting project for us, and we’re delighted our two brands will be joined together with the opening of Café Amore.”
The new-look store, which was previously called Michael O’Connor, was rebranded as Home Interiors when it reopened in December to reflect its bigger product selection and broadening of its customer range.