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High profile city centre site for award-winning coffee house

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An independent coffee house - which only opened its first shop two years ago - is taking over a high-profile site in Birmingham city centre.

The coffee house – Damascena – is the new tenant of 5-7 Temple Row West, which overlooks St Philip’s Cathedral. The property was previously used as a hair salon.

The company’s new property has 1,752 sq ft of space, and also a basement of 1,000 sq ft. Damascena has signed a ten year lease and is set to open in January 2017.

Ed Purcell, of the Birmingham office of leading real estate company Cushman & Wakefield, said that Damascena was moving to one of Birmingham’s most high profile addresses.

He said: “Damascena have established themselves as one of Birmingham’s leading Independent coffee operators. Their attractive fit out, selection of period properties, and their food and beverage menu, sets them out from your typical bland coffee chain. This has made them a huge success.”

Damascena was founded in 2014 and has already built a reputation as one of the best coffee shops in Birmingham. It is based at 155 Alcester Road, Moseley, and was quickly voted ‘Most Captivating Café 2014’ by Moseley in Bloom.

The Moseley shop also has a delicatessen and its speciality is food from the Middle East, hence its name, which derived from that of Damascus, the oldest city in the world.