Hop Burns & Black reveals expansion plans

Hop Burns & Black has announced plans to open its second branch in Deptford this summer.

The bottle shop, which opened in Peckham Rye in 2014, specialises in craft beer, hot sauce and vinyl records - described as “the founders’ three greatest obsessions”.

The new location, under the arches of Deptford station, is a small version of the original store and it was chosen because it is “perfectly placed” for commuters to stop in on their way home, and because it is just one stop from London Bridge, making it an easy journey for visitors.

Founder, Jen Ferguson, said: “We have been looking for the perfect site in Deptford for ages. We love its strong sense of community and support for independent business. The area is fast gaining a reputation as a destination for great food and drink and we are excited to add a world-class bottle shop to the mix.”

Hop Burns & Black has more than 350 global craft beers from breweries such as Cloudwater, Verdant, Mikkeller, Omnipollo and more.

Ferguson added: “We love living in SE London and have always sought to be a local shop for local people, celebrating local businesses. We are probably the only bottle shop to have a specialist SE London section and have been huge supporters of Deptford’s resident breweries: Villages, and more recently, Brick, since they opened. We are really looking forward to highlighting their wares, along with many more awesome South London producers, in our new Deptford branch.”

Further expansion is planned, including the procurement of warehouse space for the retailer’s growing online business.

Co-founder Glenn Williams said: “It is an interesting time for independent beer retail, with supermarkets flexing their buying power and increasing their range and multinationals like AB Inbev trying to muscle in on the act, but our business is going from strength to strength.

“Our strategy of steady, sustainable growth and a hybrid model – takeaway, drink-in, get it delivered – has proven very successful and our new Deptford shop allows us to reach even more customers, at the same time as we look to grow our online arm. We now do 30% of sales online – as with our bricks and mortar outlets, online customers shop with us for our extensive selection and exceptional customer service. Our growth is curtailed only by space constraints for storage and fulfilment, which we hope to resolve in the coming months.”

Hop Burns & Black Deptford will open at Arch 1, Deptford Railway Station, SE8 4NS, in June.

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