THE upgrade of the building on the corner of 6th Avenue and Villiers Road will give Walmer residents a new place to shop soon.
According to owner Lance Charles there will be three shops, Urban Express, The Pastryworks and Augustyn Brothers.
The building was bought by Charles’s grandfather in 1953 and it has been in the family ever since.
Urban Express will be a coffee cafe specialising in artisan coffee.
“They do coffees from all over the world and the business will be run by the husband-and-wife team of Donovan and Angeline McLagan,” said Charles.
Donovan is the current National Cup Tasters champion who will be representing South Africa at the World Barista Championships in Vienna this month.
The Pastryworks, which has a shop in Fernglen, is managed by Ralph and Cherilyn Gottschalk.
“Ralph is a very experienced chef who has worked all over the world, cooking for the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Bill Clinton.”
Augustyn Brothers will be a bicycle shop with a fully-kitted open-plan workshop with qualified bike mechanics.
They will offer professional bike set-ups, one-on-one professional coaching and nutrition advice, said Charles.
The business will be run by John-Lee and Wesley Augustyn, both experienced cyclists. Wesley has represented South Africa at the World MTB championships and John-Lee has cycled for the Barloworld team in the Tour de France and for the Sky team.
The main renovations started in February and the centre, which has not been named yet, should be completed by the end of this month, said Charles.
Urban Express and The Pastryworks will open on July 2 and Augustyn Brothers on August 1.