While there are two other Flight outlets, in FNB’s head office and at Absa, which opened about seven years ago, Botha’s best known for the Whippet Coffee. Sadly, the Whippet Coffee in Melville, among many others, was forced to close late last year.
With in-office coffee sales hampered by a change in workforce habits, Botha says they’ve found new hope and a home at Soko.
“If this district works we can duplicate Flight at different outlets, and the goal is to take the concept abroad,” says Botha. Plans are afoot to replicate the model in the Netherlands — one of two countries the team is eyeing.
Andrew Khanye confirms this is the first of many to come. “We wanted to have different brands that stand for something — whether it’s culture or a specific approach or product,” says the Soko District manager who has a wealth of experience in retail and customer relations, in SA, the UK and US.
Along with his team, Khanye’s role is to bring in and transfer the knowledge of running a retail business to tenants.
“Most of the brands here have sold or sell online, but have never had a brick-and-mortar store, and we chose them for that reason too. We didn’t want brands that are in every mall. After a long search, research and vetting process, we chose brands we felt deserved a chance — and exposure.”