Independent coffee shop expands to third railway location

Last updated: Tuesday, 11 April 2023

An independent coffee shop has expanded its business to a third station on Scotland’s Railway.

The Coffee Counter has opened a new unit at Croy station serving barista style drinks and home baked treats following its success at Drumgelloch and Coatbridge Sunnyside station.

The small business first opened its doors at Drumgelloch in 2020, and has gone from strength to strength ever since.

Combined with its great coffee and service with a smile, the success of The Coffee Counter has been helped by the number of potential customers available at a railway station location, with Croy, Drumgelloch, and Coatbridge Sunnyside having a combined footfall of more than 2.3million people each year.

ScotRail has a range of other opportunities available at stations across Scotland including at Aberdeen, Haymarket, and Glasgow Queen Street.

Available units can be used for independent start-up ventures, established retail businesses, or community led initiatives.

More information on available units can be found at or by emailing [email protected] .

More information on The Coffee Counter, including opening times and menus, is available at

Claire Dickie, ScotRail Head of Retail, said:

“It’s great to see the success and growth of The Coffee Counter at Drumgelloch, Coatbridge Sunnyside, and now Croy.

“The railway provides excellent opportunities for large and small businesses, and community groups too, with high footfall and locations in the heart of the community.

“We recognise the significant role we can play in improving the towns and villages we serve, and we’ll continue to do all we can to support the businesses and organisations operating along Scotland’s Railway.”

Daniel Cain, Co-Owner of The Coffee Counter, said:

“The Coffee Counter’s purpose is to deliver the best coffee experience to our customers and commuters, whilst also serving the local community.

“Despite being a relatively new business, I’m delighted with the progress we’ve made in a short space of time - we’re already thinking about the future growth of The Coffee Counter.”

Brendan Gray, Co-Owner of The Coffee Counter, said:

“By being positioned in railway station locations, The Coffee Counter has the benefit of both being able to cater for customers on the rail network, as well as in the community.

“Throughout our expansions, ScotRail has been very approachable and very engaging, and we look forward continuing our successful relationship in the years to come.”