Bank has plans for ‘work café’ in St Helier

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AFTER lying empty for nearly two years, the former Thomas Cook shop at Charing Cross could be redeveloped into a bank and ‘work café’, if plans are approved.


Santander International, which is currently based in Commercial Street, is aiming to have the new outlet open by late 2020.

In a statement, James Pountney, chief executive of Santander International, said the new Jersey branch would feature a large space that could be used for events, free-to-use meeting rooms and a coffee shop.

‘We are committed to expanding our presence in Jersey and are excited to bring this new concept to the Island,’ he said.

‘The first UK Work Café opened in Leeds in July 2019 and has proven to be a huge success. We look forward to sharing more details about our plans once we have been through the formal planning approval process.

‘We want the Santander Work Café to offer a welcoming experience for everyone in the community and hope the concept will open up this prime location in a practical way for a wider audience.’

There are around 50 Santander work cafés around the world in eight different countries.

The company said that more details would be released following the conclusion of the planning process.

Ed Taylor

By Ed Taylor

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