Hi Coffee Express is the fifth instalment within four years for young businessman Jonathan Hill whose empire continues to grow with this new shipping container styled outlet

This is the third of his coffee shops to open within the city centre, and being a Newport man, Jonathan is passionate about investing within his home city.

One day whilst walking to the bus station, he saw an opportunity to utilise a unique space within Friars Walk.

“I pitched the idea to the team at Friars and they loved it,” said Jonathan.

“I had a vision of fitting a shipping container into the space, and the first thing people ask me is how did we fit it in there? Well, it was quite a complicated process.

"First we thought of removing the glass windows and placing it in with a crane - this proved too costly, so we broke it down into thousands of pieces, then completely rebuilt the structure to fit within the sapce.

“The ethos behind Hi Coffee Express is simply to enjoy a high quality and premium blend of coffee whilst on the go, whether you’re on your way to or from work, or just want to grab a great tasting and refreshing drink whilst you shop.

“As you’d expect from any of our coffee outlets, we offer our own signature blend that you can’t find anywhere else. We also offer a great range of tasty treats and snacks to enjoy on the go, or during a break at work.“

Items available include coconut crispy curls, Phat porridge, Border’s cookies, a selection of juices, freshly-prepared bagels, sandwiches and wraps, as well as plenty of other goodies for people to enjoy on the move.

“We have plenty for seating both inside and outside the venue, so if you want to watch the world go by whilst enjoying your coffee, the option is there for you. The response since opening has been really positive, and the design of the coffee shop has certainly got people talking.”

Hi Coffee Express is open seven days a week and commuters can pick up their lattes and flat whites from 6am to 7pm Monday to Fridays, 7am to 6pm on Saturdays, and from 8am to 7pm on Sundays.

Friars Walk Shopping Centre,
John Frost Square, Newport NP20 1EA