BUBBLE tea fans now have just a few of weeks to wait until a new cafe pops up at Gloucester Green in Oxford.

Last summer El Mexicana and Combibos coffee shop closed and rough sleepers started to bed down in the doorways.

They have now left and the Taiwanese bubble tea cafe will open next door to a Japanese restaurant run by the same new owners.

Oxford Mail:

Manager Emma Ren said the business, called Als Gongcha, would open in a few weeks’ time.

She added: “We are making good progress and we could be open in the next two weeks - we are still hiring staff.”

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Ms Ren added that the cafe would also sell Japanese food.

The business is hiring full and part-time bubble tea makers.

While the former El Mexican and Combibos units are now occupied, the unit which was occupied by Fopp record store, remains boarded up.

Oxford Mail:

Keith Atkin, market manager for LSD Promotions, which runs open air markets in conjunction with the city council on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, said earlier that NewRiver has also been showing potential tenants around the former Fopp store after it moved out all its unsold stock.

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The former Fopp record store in Gloucester Green shut in February despite a rescue package from Canadian music mogul Doug Putman for part of the HMV chain, which ran Fopp.

A Friday market started in April on a six-month trial basis.

Oxford Mail:

The Friday market focuses on street food while market stalls on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday also sell secondhand books, records, clothes, antiques and art.

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The Bubbleology chain has opened a bubble tea shop in Oxford High Street serving the drink containing chewy tapioca balls.