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August 16, 2021

The company, Gong Cha, will open a 65sq. metre cafe at 3 Garrick Street, in London’s Covent Garden

Gong Cha, a tea drink franchise headquartered in Kaohsiung, Taiwan has announced plans to open its fifth ‘bubble tea’ site in the UK, at London’s Covent Garden.

Entitled Gong Cha, the 27-year-old brand, will open the 65sq. metre cafe at 3 Garrick Street, WC2.

Over 40 bubble tea variations will be available at the site which will open daily from 11am each morning until 8pm.

Tea bases can be selected from the options of black, oolong, green or earl grey Tea.

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According to the franchise, the bubbles in bubble teas are “chewy pearls” of tapioca balls, which “bring life to the drinks”.

Other additions to the teas are Gong cha’s milk foam (a sweet and savoury combination), coconut jelly and pudding.

Justin Liew, head of Gong cha England, said: “Gong cha has led the way in the premium bubble tea market, and we anticipate high demand in Covent Garden as local workers, shoppers and tourists enjoy our teas.

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“They are refreshing at any time of the day, so we are offering extended opening hours to offer the opportunity to try tea from morning till night.”

The franchise also has stores in Manchester, Liverpool and Newcastle. The company started trading in the UK in 2019.

By Laura McGuire

Source: Catering Today

Upminster Costa Coffee sponsors under-11s football team

August 12, 2021

An Upminster football team have proudly worn their new kit, sponsored by a local café.

The Upminster Park Rovers under 11s football team were given the red and black football gear by Costa Coffee staff.

The coffee branch is run by individual franchisee, Goldex Investments Essex ltd.

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Managing director, Kafeel Khan, said: “Community and charity are at the heart of our business, and we are pleased to have the opportunity to give something back.

“It was so wonderful to be able to support these youngsters.

“We would like to wish them every success for the new season.”

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The company has previously sponsored Hall Mead School’s Year 10 boys’ football team.

Last month Upminster Costa staff cleaned up rubbish left in Upminster Park.

Upminster Park Rovers finished as league champions in Division Four of the Brentwood Alliance League, winning their last game 3 – 2.

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Their first match of the new season is due to be played on September 5 against Collier Row.

By Sally Patterson

Source: Romford Recorder

Tim Hortons emerges as the most searched franchise in Canada

June 30, 2021

Tim Hortons is a franchise often synonymously known with Canada, and it appears the country’s web searches justify that notion.

Data analysts at PACK & SEND, a technology-driven logistics company with franchises across Australia, New Zealand, and the UK, used Google search data to identify the most popular franchise businesses around the world. They also investigated which country’s residents are most interested in taking on this unique style of business venture.

When it comes to Canada, Tim Hortons was the most Googled-franchise business, and overall, the country was seventh on the Top 10 list of Google searches regarding a franchise business with 42 per 100,000 people.

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Canada placed behind (in order) Australia, South Africa, Ireland, The UK, The US, and Iceland.

When considering raw search volume, Americans performed the most Google searches for franchise business terms, with a total of 208,290 searches in just 12 months, while Canada had 19,760.

The study revealed McDonald’s as the most searched franchise business in the world, taking the top spot in 78 of the 97 countries analysed.

KFC came in second place, topping the table as the most-Googled franchise business in nine countries, including Luxembourg, Thailand, and Indonesia.

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Other popular franchise opportunities included Burger King (in Namibia, Turkey, The Central African Republic, and Estonia), Dominos (in Bulgaria and Kazakhstan), Jollibee (in Japan and The Philippines), and Hardees (in Mongolia).

Mike Ryan, UK CEO at PACK & SEND commented on the findings, “It’s interesting to see the fast-food industry currently dominating the world’s Google searches when it comes to hunting for franchise opportunities. This is likely due to the seemingly universal and accessible nature of fast food and takeaways.”

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Starbucks ‘drive thru’ wanted in north Belfast

June 14, 2021

The Irish franchise holders of the Starbucks brand want to open a “drive thru” coffee shop within a recently revamped north Belfast retail park.

An application for planning permission has been lodged by the two brothers who control the island of Ireland franchise for the Seattle-headquartered coffee shop giant. If it is a Starbucks, it will be the first in north Belfast beyond the nearby city centre.

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Ciaran and Colm Butler, through their company Raspet Limited, have asked permission to build in what is currently a car park at the Hillside Retail Park on the Crumlin Road, now anchored by Lidl following the February opening of its store on the site. They want to build a “Drive-Thru Coffee Shop with Erection of Single Storey Coffee Shop”, according to the planning application.

The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Lidl opened the doors of its Hillview Retail Park store in February following the revamp after more than a decade lying derelict.

The Crumlin Road site is owned by Killultagh Estate’s Hillview Belfast Limited, which announced last year that Home Bargains and a day centre for the elderly will also be tenants.

Meanwhile, a former city centre taxi depot is to be turned into a restaurant if planning permission is granted.

And the planned restaurant on Union Street, just behind the old Belfast Telegraph building, may well be Greek-style if the name of the developers offers a clue.

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Kyrillos Investments, which is owned by London-based Mary and Michael Kyriacou, has lodged planning permission to transform the old A1 depot into the restaurant.

The plan is to extend the ground floor and turn the first and second into two one bed apartments accessed from Little Donegall Street.

Architect Rory Caithness of Caithness Architects on the Holywood Road was not immediately able to reveal further details, and the developers did not respond to a request for comment.

By John Breslin

Source: Belfast Telegraph

Starbucks franchise eyes expansion with £17m package

May 10, 2021

Starbucks franchise 23.5 Degrees, based in Southampton, has secured a £17m funding package from HSBC UK to expand its portfolio.

The injection will allow 23.5 Degrees to open more cafes across the country, including drive thru sites in Sunderland, Bradford and Kings Lynn.

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The company is planning to open seven new outlets in the next four months and aims to have 300 stores and 6,000 employees by 2027.

Luca Contardo, finance director for 23.5 Degrees, said: “During the pandemic we were able to open nine stores which led to 200 jobs around the country.

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“Fitting out new stores is very capital intensive, with each opening costing upwards of a six-figure sum, but our HSBC UK Relationship Director, Sharon Murphy and her team have enabled our continuous growth to run smoothly.”

Gareth Evans, Hampshire and Dorset area director at HSBC UK, added: 2We are nation of coffee lovers, so it has been a pleasure to support the growth of 23.5 degrees since the relationship began in 2017. They are a coffee powerhouse and it has been great to see the forward-thinking team grow and realise their ambitious growth strategy.”

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23.5 Degrees opened its first store opened in Liphook, Hampshire, in 2013.

By Storm Rannard, Assistant Digital Editor

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Tim Hortons to open new drive-thrus in Wednesfield and Oldbury

May 4, 2021

Canadian fast food brand Tim Hortons is opening two drive-thru restaurants in the Black Country.

The UK arm has announced it is to open a unit, featuring its coffee and doughnuts, at Bentley Bridge Retail Park, Wednesfield. The opening date has yet to be announced but it will create more than 40 jobs. It will also have dine-in seating for 128.

The other will be a 2,800 sq ft unit at the former Toys R Us site in Oldbury.

Tim Hortons, founded in 1964, opened its first site in the UK in 2017 and now has 28 in the UK and Ireland including one at New Street, Birmingham.

It already has its UK head office in Wednesfield at Kennicott House, Well Lane.

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The Tim Hortons brand is owned by fast food giant Restaurant Brands International which also owns Burger King and Popeye’s Chicken. Together, the company has more than 27,000 restaurants globally, which it operates through a franchise model.

It plans to create more than 2,000 jobs across the UK, bringing Tim Hortons restaurants to every major town and city by 2022.

Kevin Hydes, chief commercial officer of Tim Hortons in the UK said: “Having successfully opened our first restaurant in the West Midlands back in 2018, it brings me great pleasure to announce another opening within the region.

“We have always seen huge enthusiasm and support from our guests in Birmingham and know the wider community are keen for more.

“Wednesfield has excellent transport links to Wolverhampton, Walsall and Dudley, so we’re excited for locals to have the opportunity to fall in love with our brand.”

“Our staff make the Tim Hortons experience so special, and we pride ourselves on the unique progression and training opportunities available.

“We look forward to recruiting for a variety of exciting part-time and full-time roles and will be accepting applications from today via our website.”

The bargain shop and coffee chain will form part of the new 65,000 sq ft retail park development off Birchley Island.

The Oldbury Toys R Us site has stood empty for more than two years following the collapse of the national toy chain.

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Sandwell Council has now approved plans from Hortons’ Estate to transform the site on Wolverhampton Road, which it is hoped will create jobs and attract investment to the town. The development will see the existing building divided and refurbished to create two new units.

Hortons’ has agreed lease terms with B&M for one of the units on the site, which will be a new 20,000 sq ft store that will include the development of a 5,000 sq ft external garden centre.

A second unit will comprise a retail facility of 20,750 sq ft, including a new mezzanine floor, and is currently under offer.

Hortons’ will also construct an extension to the existing building to create a further 16,000 sq ft unit, which is earmarked for leisure use.

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23.5 Degrees opens 80th Starbucks store in just eight years

April 14, 2021

The first UK Starbucks franchisee, 23.5 Degrees, has opened its 80th Starbucks outlet in King’s Lynn, Norfolk as part of its ongoing expansion programme to reach 300 stores by 2027.

Mark Hepburn, managing director of 23.5 Degrees, said: “The last year has been challenging but opening this Starbucks store demonstrates our commitment to our ambitious growth plans.

“We could not have achieved our success without our investors, contractors and Starbucks itself. Most importantly, I’d like to thank our partners who have delivered day in day out to ensure we continue to serve our customers and build the business.”

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Despite the coronavirus pandemic, 23.5 Degrees reports that it opened seven drive through stores last year, stretching from Canvey Island in Essex to Peterlee in County Durham, as the business targets 100 stores by March 2022.

23.5 Degrees says it is actively seeking both freehold and leasehold drive through opportunities on main arterial routes, close to major retail destinations or on large industrial estates. Locations should also be a suitable design for its three standard sized units of 1,500, 1,800 and 2,200 sq. ft. The company says it will also consider high street units in prominent footfall locations with a minimum size of 1,500 sq. ft.

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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. We’re keeping our foot on the gas and plan to reach 300 stores in the next six years.”

23.5 Degrees opened its first Starbucks store in Liphook, Hampshire, in February 2013 and reports that it has invested more than £28m in the UK economy to date through building and buying stores. The company says it employs more than 1,300 and has a track record of developing its people, as many current managers and area managers started out as baristas. The new King’s Lynn store, the first Starbucks drive through in the town, will create 25 jobs for the local community.

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Tim Hortons to open drive-thru restaurant in Sheffield

March 22, 2021

Canadian restaurant brand Tim Hortons is continuing with its UK expansion plans with the opening of its first drive-thru restaurant in Yorkshire.

Opening in Sheffield this summer, the new restaurant will be located at Crystal Peaks Village Retail Park and will be able to seat 118 covers. As well as having a drive-thru it will also offer delivery options for the local area following the launch. 

The move is part of Tim Hortons’ ambitious plans to create more than 2,000 jobs in England and open a restaurant in every major English town and city by 2022.

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The restaurant brand was founded in 1964 by Canadian Ice Hockey player Tim Horton and is known for its coffee and donuts as well as bite-sized donuts called Timbits.  Other options include hot sandwiches and wraps.

“As we continue our expansion across the UK, we knew it was only a matter of time before we found the perfect location to bring our first Tim Hortons drive-thru to Yorkshire,” says Kevin Hydes, chief commercial officer of Tim Hortons franchise in the UK.

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“We’ve had huge demand to bring the brand to Sheffield and it really excites us to be launching in a city famed for its Ice Hockey and presence within the Elite League.”

Tim Hortons is one of the largest restaurant chains in North America with more than more than 4,700 sites located in Canada, theUS, and around the world. It launched in the UK in June 2017 with a debut restaurant in Glasgow and now operates 27 venues in the UK, including its flagship in Leicester city centre

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Tim Hortons set to open branch at former Chester Pizza Hut restaurant

February 10, 2021

A CANADIAN coffee and fast food chain, Tim Hortons, is heading to Chester.

Tim Hortons is set to open a restaurant and drive-thru at the former Pizza Hut unit on Chester Retail Park.

Plans to build a drive-thru facility at the site were given the green light in November last year – just days before Pizza Hut closed its doors for good.

Now an application for advertisement consent has been lodged with Cheshire West and Chester Council revealing that Tim Hortons is to occupy the vacant unit.

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The Toronto-based firm, which is well-known for its range of coffee and doughnuts, began opening stores in the UK in 2017 in locations such as Cardiff, Glasgow and London.

The franchise recently lodged plans to open a branch at Broughton Shopping Park.

The application for advertisement consent, put forward on behalf of Tim Hortons, states: “Pizza Hut have closed this restaurant and it is currently vacant.

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“Tim Hortons propose to occupy the unit for the sale of hot drinks and food via a drive thru operation, as well as within the restaurant itself.

“The letting of this unit to Tim Hortons will ensure the vacant unit can be brought back into beneficial use as soon as possible and the drive thru facility already approved will also assist with any continuity of trade during these uncertain times of hospitality restrictions and shut downs.”

By Gary Porter

Source: Chester Standard

Costa franchise brews up plans for Cumbernauld’s first drive-through coffee shop

October 15, 2020

A Costa Coffee franchise business is resuming plans to build Cumbernauld’s first drive-through coffee shop after securing a £600,000 financing facility to stabilise its operations.

Coffeepots, owned by Pat Dunese and Colin Wilson, expects to create 25 new jobs when the latest outlet opens early in 2021. The financing, provided by HSBC through the government-backed coronavirus business interruption loan scheme (CBILS), comes after lockdown forced the four-month closure of Coffeepots’ 13 cafes across central Scotland.

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“Our plans for growth were put on hold when Covid-19 hit as our income suddenly ground to a halt, but the support from HSBC UK has provided us with much-needed cashflow during this time, helping us continue paying our overheads and progressing plans to open new sites in Scotland,” Mr Dunese said.

Coffeepots is also eying up further expansion with a move outside the Central Belt into Peterhead. This would also be a drive-through outlet, and is expected to open in late spring creating a further 25 jobs.

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Grant Bett, relationship director at HSBC UK, said: “The hospitality industry was hit hard during lockdown and we’re pleased to have been able to help Coffeepots look to the future again as it re-embarks on its plans for growth.

“We’re committed to supporting UK businesses during this period of uncertainty.”

Launched in March along with a raft of other measures to support the economy through the pandemic, CBILS provides facilities of up to £5 million to small and medium-sized businesses that have experienced lost or deferred revenues. This financing is available through more than 100 accredited lenders across the UK.

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The scheme was closed to new applications at the end of September, though lenders have until the end of November to process all CBILS applications.

Data published at the end of September by HM Treasury showed that a total of nearly £15.5 billion had been lent at that time under CBILS to more than 66,500 businesses, an approval rate of 47 per cent. Banks have received more than 123,000 applications for CBILS loans, which come with an 80% Government guarantee.

By Kristy Dorsey

Source: Herald Scotland