Cafe ticks boxes
GRAFTON couple Michelle and Michael Worley confessed to having a spy who gave them inside information when they were considering buying into the Grafton Coffee Club franchise.
The couple's teenage daughter, Samantha Reay, had been an employee of previous owners Ashley and Karen Semitecolos for about two years.
"If it hadn't been for Sammy I doubt that we would have heard The Coffee Club was available," Ms Worley said.
The Worleys said they had been looking at businesses for about four years, but had not found anything suitable.
"Nothing ticked all the boxes that we needed ticking," Ms Worley said.
"Then Sammy came home and told us that Ashley needed to sell because of health issues for his wife, Karen.
"We saw the way Sammy has been treated as an employee and knew there was a culture here of looking after and developing staff that we agreed with.
"And we saw Sammy had a passion for the place. We'd been coming to Coffee Club as customers and we could see how she was developing here with Ashley and Karen and we liked that."
The Worleys plan to keep the 13 staff at The Coffee Club while becoming hands-on managers.
Ms Worley said she planned to build the franchise's community involvement by getting sporting and community groups involved with the business.
She said her family's involvement with local sport, like netball and surf lifesaving, as well as her work as a librarian at St Joseph's school, South Grafton, made this a natural fit for her.
The Coffee Club said farewell to Ashley and Karen on Sunday.
However, they were still involved in negotiating with The Coffee Club head office over some aspects of the business.