Brandonites will later this year have a new option from which to get their daily cup of joe and more with news that rapidly expanding Western Canadian coffee chain Waves Coffee House plans to make the city the site of its first Manitoba location.
Waves spokesperson Kayvan Rahmati has confirmed that a franchisee has committed for a local restaurant with plans underway for construction in the city later this year at a to-be-determined location. Signage had recently been installed on a vacant lot at the intersection of 13th Street and Richmond Avenue advertising a Franchise Opportunity, though according to Rahmati that is not necessarily indicative of the final location to be chosen within the city.
Via a menu posted on the chain's website, Waves’ features an assortment of beverages including coffee made with 100% Specialty Grade beans, hot chocolate and mocha made with real Belgian chocolate, lattes, cappuccinos, iced and blended drinks, teas and ciders. Food offered includes sandwiches, wraps, soups and seasonal pastries.
The company constructs what it refers to as larger-footprint community coffee shops that cover an average of 1400 square feet in size. Over that space it offers free meeting rooms at its locations in addition to coffee shop seating.
A Waves Vancouver location (Photo: Matt Webber)
As has been the case with restaurants and coffee shops of all shapes and sizes, Waves has had to respond with appropriate actions during the COVID-19 pandemic. For the franchise that meant at one time temporarily closing all BC and Alberta locations in March in consistency with health orders in those provinces. Since that time all but two have re-opened for takeout and/or delivery with eyes on re-opening seating as permitted and safe. The current state of the pandemic is being monitored according to Rahmati, with the intended Brandon construction timeline allowing for a safe opening for guests.
Waves opened its first location in Downtown Vancouver in 2005 and has since expanded to a total of 30 coffee shops in British Columbia and seven in Alberta.
With construction taking an average of two months, intent is for the Brandon restaurant to open before the end of 2020 according to Rahmati. Further plans are underway for eventual locations in Saskatchewan and elsewhere in Manitoba.
Waves on average sees 8-10 employed at its locations.