Starbucks’ first UK franchisee has opened its 60th Starbucks outlet

February 8, 2019

Starbucks’ first UK franchisee, the Southampton-based company 23.5 Degrees, has opened its 60th Starbucks outlet. The new store in Sheffield, South Yorkshire has created 20 jobs for the local community, including 23.5 Degrees’ first apprentice.

Mark Hepburn, managing director of 23.5 Degrees said: “Reaching our 60th Starbucks store just six months after opening our 50th demonstrates our commitment to our ambitious growth plans. We’re keen to keep our foot on the gas and hope to extend our store count considerably in the coming years.”

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23.5 Degrees opened its first Starbucks in Liphook, Hampshire, in February 2013. Last year it opened 20 stores and currently has six further new outlets in the pipeline, with a target of 23 stores planned this year.

After opening 13 drive through stores in 2018, the company says it is actively seeking further drive through opportunities on main arterial routes, close to major retail destinations or on large industrial estates, in addition to prominent high street locations.

Hepburn said: “We’re able to move fast on great new sites. Our use of modular design and build enables our landlords to have our stores trading faster.”

Related: 23.5 Degrees franchise opens Starbucks drive-thru in Sheffield

23.5 Degrees adds that it has invested more than £20.5m in the UK economy to date through building and buying stores and has over 770 employees, with nearly 70 per cent of current managers and area managers having started as baristas with the company.

Source: Franchise World

Hampshire firm celebrates opening of its 60th Starbucks store

December 20, 2018

A HAMPSHIRE business has just opened its 60th Starbucks store.

23.5 Degrees franchise opens Starbucks drive-thru in Sheffield

December 16, 2018

A new Starbucks drive-thru store has opened today (December 14) on Drakehouse Retail Park in Sheffield, with franchisee partner 23.5 Degrees.

The new store is set to create 20 jobs in the local area, including 23.5 Degrees’ first apprentice.

The store will be open between 6am and 9pm Monday to Saturday and 8am to 8pm on Sunday.

It will be run by 23.5 Degrees, Starbucks first franchised business partner. It also marks the 60th Starbucks store in which 23.5 Degrees has opened in the UK.

The new Sheffield store is now the sixth 23.5 Degrees Starbucks franchise in Yorkshire, after opening its first on Clough Road.

The store’s team is also set to support local Paralympian and UK number one table tennis player Jack Hunter-Spivey as he prepares for the Tokyo Paralympics in 2020.

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Living in Hillsborough, Sheffield, and training at the English Institute of Sport in the city, Jack competed in the Rio Paralympics in 2016. The store’s team will support Jack with investing in his training.

23,5 Degrees’ managing director, Mark Hepburn, said: “We’re delighted to be opening this Friday on Drakehouse Retail Park in Sheffield. Our aim is to create a warm and inviting place for locals and commuters to grab a coffee or a snack.

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“We’re looking forward to getting to know our neighbours, building relationships with the local community and supporting Jack Hunter-Spivey as he prepares for the Tokyo Paralympics in 2020.”

Source: BDaily

Peterborough Starbucks franchise receives £3.6m investment

August 27, 2018

Following an initial £5.6m growth capital investment in 2015, Connection Capital has invested a further £3.6m into Starbucks UK franchised business 23.5 Degrees Ltd to fund its ambitious expansion plans.

Since Connection Capital’s original investment, the company has acquired and opened 40 stores, including twelve “drive-through” stores, and has just celebrated the opening of its 53rd store, in Peterborough.

23.5 Degrees opened its first store in Hampshire in 2013. Since then it has grown from 20 employees to 700 and has served an estimated 5.6 million customers.

It will use Connection Capital’s investment alongside new bank finance facilities from HSBC to accelerate its roll-out strategy, targeting 150 stores within the next four years. It is well on track: two more sites are already planned to open by the end of August, with a further 23 scheduled to open within 12 months.

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23.5 Degrees currently has a large pipeline of drive-through stores – a sector of the market which has significant growth potential and is relatively immature compared to the US.

It is targeting potential sites on main arterial routes, close to major retail destinations or on large industrial estates. However, it will also consider retail park and ‘drive-to’ destinations, as well as high street units in prominent, busy locations.

The expansion comes as the UK coffee shop market is expected to continue to grow strongly. According to consultants Allegra Strategies, the market will exceed 31,400 outlets by 2022 with a turnover of £13bn – up from just over 24,000 outlets and a turnover of £9.6bn in 2017.

Pascal Wittet, the Partner at Connection Capital leading the investment, said: “23.5 Degrees has grown rapidly in just a few years, creating hundreds of jobs and investing millions of pounds into the UK economy along the way. We’re proud to have been part of that. With this new funding, Mark and his team will have the next piece of the jigsaw to build on their success and deliver their ambitious expansion plans.”

Mark Hepburn, Managing Director of 23.5 Degrees says: “Reaching our 50th Starbucks store in just five years was a major milestone and Connection Capital has played a big part in that success. But we’re not stopping there. The UK coffee market is continuing to grow and with our expertise and Connection Capital’s backing, we hope to extend our store count considerably in the coming years.”

Helen Doran, Director Licensed Operations, Starbucks UK, previously commented: “Over the past five years we have seen 23.5 Degrees open 50 Starbucks stores that we can all be proud of. We are committed to growing our partnership together by opening stores with close links to the local community and creating spaces that are warm and welcoming for all to enjoy.”

Source: Business Leader

Starbucks franchisee opens its 50th coffee shop

August 15, 2018

Starbucks first UK franchisee, 23.5 Degrees, has opened its 50th coffee shop in Hull which the company says is the first drive-through outlet in the city.

Mark Hepburn, managing director of 23.5 Degrees, said: “Reaching our 50th Starbucks store in just five years is a great achievement but we’re not stopping there. The UK coffee market is continuing to grow and with our local expertise, we hope to extend our store count considerably in the coming years.”

The opening of the Hull store is part of its ambitious expansion programme, which includes seven new stores scheduled to open by August this year and a further 20 stores planned in the next 12 months.

The company says it is actively seeking drive-through opportunities on main arterial routes, close to major retail destinations or on large industrial estates that can be modular or traditionally built. It will also consider retail parks, ‘drive to’ destinations and high street units with high footfall.

Related: Peterborough Starbucks franchise receives £3.6m investment

‘Trading faster’
Hepburn added: “We’re able to move fast on great new sites. Our use of modular design and build enables our landlords to have our stores trading faster.

Helen Doran, director licensed operations at Starbucks UK, said: “Over the past five years we have seen 23.5 Degrees open 50 Starbucks stores that we can all be proud of. We are committed to growing our partnership together by opening stores with close links to the local community and creating spaces that are warm and welcoming for all to enjoy.”

The Hull store has created 25 jobs that now see 23.5 Degrees employing over 700 people. The company says it has a track record of developing its employees and that 70 per cent have been promoted within the company to management positions.

23.5 Degrees adds that it has invested more than £18m in the UK economy to date through building and buying stores, and is supported by a new funding package and investment from private equity investors.

Source: Franchise World

Starbucks’ first UK franchise partner 23.5 Degrees opens 50th store

June 19, 2018

Starbucks’ first franchised UK business partner, 23.5 Degrees, will open its 50th store on 20 June in Hull.

The business opened its first Starbucks store in Liphook, Hampshire in February 2013. The 50th opening is part of an ambitious expansion programme for UK firm, with plans to expand further over the coming years.

It plans to open seven new Starbucks stores by August 2018, and a further 20 new stores planned to open in the next 12 months, and is actively seeking both freehold and leasehold drive-through opportunities sitting on main arterial routes, close to major retail destinations or on large industrial estates that can be designed into three standard sized units: 1,500, 1,800 and 2,200 sq ft.

23.5 Degrees has opened 11 drive-thru stores in under two years, and now has more than 700 employees. That number is expected to more than double as the Starbucks stores currently in development are rolled out.

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The firm has invested more than £18m in the UK economy to date through building and buying stores.

Mark Hepburn, managing director, said: “Reaching our 50th Starbucks store in just five years is a great achievement but we’re not stopping there. The UK coffee market is continuing to grow and with our local expertise, we hope to extend our store count considerably in the coming years.”

According to consultancy firm Allegra Strategies, the UK coffee shop market will exceed 31,400 outlets with a turnover of £13bn by 2022 – up from the total of 24,061 outlets and turnover of £9.6bn in 2017.

Source: Catering Today