AN innovativee coffee shop has confirmed it will be opening a store in Colchester.

The Gazette revealed earlier this year Black Sheep Coffee will be bringing its specialty grade Robusta beans to Colchester as part of the firm’s regional expansion plans.

The new store will open in Lion Walk Shopping Centre “this summer”, bosses have now revealed.

Set in a fresh 1,900 sq ft premises, the shop will serve its iconic coffee menu by day, while at night it will transform into a late cocktail bar serving espresso martinis, beers, wine and champagne.

The new space, which will feature a total of 86 covers, will also include an alfresco seating area.

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Lion Walk manager Martin Leatherdale said: “We are very excited to be launching the regional debut for Black Sheep Coffee, such a unique retail concept.

“It will be a great extension of our day to evening dining offer for our regular visitors to enjoy. This is especially important for Colchester following our new city status and raising our profile nationwide.”

Gabriel Shohet and Eirik Holth, co-founders of Black Sheep Coffee, added: “We can’t wait to open in Colchester. This will be the first Black Sheep Coffee to open in Essex and we are super excited.”