Javaroma hopes airport offshoot will open on Tuesday

Fadil Memedi, left, and Rami Kassem at Javaroma's new airport location
Fadil Memedi, left, and Rami Kassem at Javaroma's airport location. Photo: Daryl Dolynny
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Passengers at Yellowknife’s airport could enjoy the benefits of a new coffee establishment as soon as Tuesday.

Javaroma, the city’s downtown coffee shop, hopes its permits for a second location at the airport will arrive on Monday – allowing the new store to open its doors on Tuesday.

Javaroma has spent years preparing to make this move, which My Yellowknife Now first reported in May.

“A couple of years ago we did a survey at the airport and, like, 98 percent were positive that the airport needed a coffee shop,” Javaroma co-owner Fadil Memedi told Moose FM.

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“We are just as good as any other company, so why not? We had great feedback so we decided it’s good for them, good for us, good for everybody.”

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The airport location will offer everything available at the downtown Javaroma, with some exceptions on the first few days as the store gets going.

Rami Kassem, who owns Javaroma alongside Memedi, confessed the space could be bigger – but he’s confident his airport coffee bar will be a success.

“In 2012, we were looking at a bigger space and unfortunately we missed the opportunity. We didn’t check online for the tender to get that big space,” said Kassem.

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“This is a small space but we have a plan to fit everything needed at the airport, and to supply the same products that we have downtown. The downtown location will be the main source of production.

“We are satisfied. The location looks amazing and people are excited. We can’t wait to open the doors.”

Kassem told Moose FM five new positions, part-time and full-time, have been created. If all goes to plan this week, the airport location will have a grand opening this coming Saturday.

“I would like to invite everybody to come and visit us at the new location from 10am until 2pm on Saturday. Bring the kids,” said Kassem.

“I would also like to thank everybody for their patience. We wanted to open in July – but everything in Yellowknife takes time.”

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