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

Tim Hortons’ UK expansion to create 2,000 jobs

October 9, 2020

Canadian fast food chain Tim Hortons is planning a major expansion in the UK, hoping to capitalise on increased demand for drive-through dining.

The move comes despite the recent collapse in sales at the chain due to the coronavirus crisis.

The firm told the Telegraph it hopes to open an outlet in “every major city and town” over the next two years.

The growth could create around 2,000 new jobs, it said.

Tim Hortons, which is known for its coffee and donuts, opened its first UK location in 2017 and now has 23 locations.

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The brand is owned by fast food giant Restaurant Brands International (RBI), 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.

The firm has been pushing to expand that footprint, especially outside the US and Canada. In August, chief executive Jose Cil said the firm remained focused on that goal, despite the upheaval caused by the pandemic.

“We cannot predict exactly when the dust will settle, but we’re confident that we will be well positioned to capitalise on opportunities for growth as we emerge from the crisis and continue toward the 40,000 restaurant goal we talked about last year,” chief executive Jose Cil told investors.

Sales collapse

Sales at RBI dropped more than 20% in the three months to July, as lockdown forced many locations to close or restrict their offerings.

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At Tim Hortons, which has more than 4,900 locations globally, sales fell more than 30%.

Mr Gil said the firm expected to end 2020 with roughly the same number of restaurants as the year before, despite unusually high numbers of closures.

In June, Burger King’s UK boss warned it might have to close up to 10% of its restaurants.

Tim Horton’s had just 937 locations outside of Canada as of June, including 23 in the UK.

The first new UK location is planned for Milton Keynes, according to the Telegraph.

Source: BBC

Costa Coffee reveals its ‘limited’ autumn 2020 seasonal drinks

October 6, 2020

Costa Coffee has revealed its ‘returning favourites’ range, which features several new additions to ‘surprise and delight’ customers this Autumn.

The selection of five fan-favourites are available across Costa Coffee stores and drive-thrus nationwide from Thursday, October 1, 2020.

We’ve put together the list of drinks returning to Costa stores.

What is coming back?

The Gingerbread Cream Latte makes a return, giving the Costa Coffee classic latte a ‘generous dash of gingerbread syrup with cream topping, featuring a mini gingerbread man’.

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Hot chocolate lovers need to look no further than the Black Forest Hot Chocolate & Cream, which is made up of ‘a rich creamy chocolate complete with cherry sauce drizzle and shimmery chocolate curls’. The classic fan favourite almost vanished forever, but following a national outcry and petition from fans in 2016, it sealed its return place at the top.

Those looking for a twist on your trusted cappuccino will be able to get a Cinnamon Spiced Cappuccino, which includes a ‘trio of blended spices, cinnamon, nutmeg and star anise’. The festive feeling drink can be made Vegan by switching to a milk alternative, including Coconut, Almond or Oat milk.

Last but not least, Costa will also bring back the Irish Velvet Cream Latte and Irish Velvet Cream Hot Chocolate. Costa say the duo of ‘indulgent and comforting (yet non-alcoholic) flavourings of Irish Cream were hugely popular with the UK public when they debuted last year’.

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What have bosses at Costa Coffee said?

Eric Tavoukdjian, Commercial Marketing Director at Costa Coffee said: “We know how much our customers love our seasonal drinks and the flavour combinations we offer at this time each year.

“With the festive season almost upon us, we are delighted to be able to offer a taste of familiarity through a collection of handcrafted drinks that we know our customers have been missing.”

When will the drinks go on sale?

The drinks will be available in stores and drive-thrus nationwide from Thursday, October 1, 2020.

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How much will the drinks cost?

  • Gingerbread Cream Latte – from £2.89
  • Black Forest Hot Chocolate & Cream – from £2.93
  • Cinnamon Spiced Cappuccino – from £2.49
  • Irish Velvet Cream Latte – from £2.89
  • Irish Velvet Cream Hot Chocolate – from £2.93

What about the VAT reduction?

Costa Coffee say they will pass on full 15 per cent VAT reduction to customers across all food and drink in owned stores, which started on Wednesday, July 15, 2020. More than 2,600 Costa Coffee stores and over 9,000 Costa Express machines will reduce VAT, passing on the saving directly to customers.

Costa Coffee has recommended its franchise partners also pass on the saving, however, customers should check prices in store, as prices may vary in those stores operated by a franchise partner.

However, meal deals already have VAT reduced from total cost of offer. No additional deduction will be taken when customers pay at till.

By Kris Tatum

Source: Echo News

Caerphilly Coffee Firm Expands Commercial Service

August 25, 2020

A South Wales-based coffee business is hoping to ‘take the commercial coffee industry by storm’ with its latest expansion.

Coffee Blue is a mobile coffee franchise headquartered in Ystrad Mynach, Caerphilly. Founded in 2018, the company provides opportunities for people to start their own mobile coffee van business.

Now, Coffee Blue has ventured deeper into the commercial coffee industry by launching a coffee machine rental and wholesale coffee service.

The new expansion will provide machine rental and wholesale coffee with flexible rental packages appropriate for today’s financially uncertain climate.

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Company Director, Martin Jones, said: “Coffee Blue is growing rapidly, and we determined to try and take the UK commercial coffee industry by storm through this new expansion.

“The UK coffee market is large and ever-growing. By offering this flexible new service to local businesses, we hope to provide them with flexible new solutions to expand their product range and, therefore, prosper throughout these financially uncertain times.

“Coffee Blue, as a franchisor, was built to help others achieve business success. Now our goal is to help even more business owners.”

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Coffee Blue is the UK’s leading mobile coffee franchise. The service allows prospects to set up their own business serving barista coffee and quality food throughout exclusive territories from a mobile coffee van.

Launched officially in 2018, the franchise now has 14 vans on the road throughout the UK with more in the pipeline.

Co-Directors Gareth Edwards and Colin Smith founded the company with the aim of breaking down the barriers to franchising. On the new expansion, they said:

“We are extremely excited to be taking this huge step forward.

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“Our team have done a fantastic job at making our franchise a success. And we are confident we can turn this into a great success, too.

“The new service will not interfere with our franchisees and their work whatsoever. We guarantee that. But it will provide them with new, exciting opportunities.

“We are all looking forward to what the future holds.”

By Rhys Gregory

Source: Wales 247

Costa Coffee cuts its prices – including from Express machines

July 16, 2020

Costa Coffee has announced it will slash the price of drinks and food after the announcement by Chancellor Rishi Sunak that VAT will be cut for the hospitality sector until next year.

Costa Coffee is to pass on the full 15% VAT reduction to customers across all food and drink in owned stores. and its more than 9,000 Costa Express machines.

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Prices will now be…


• Premium House Filter Coffee, was £1, now 88p

• Latte – was £2.55, now £2.23

• Flat White – was £2.70, now £2.36

*plus an additional 25p off when using a reusable cup

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• Ham and Cheese Toastie – was £2.95, now £2.58

• Bacon Bap – was £2.95, now £2.58

• Salted Caramel Brownie – was £2.25, now £1.97

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Costa Express

• Regular size- was £2.40, now £2.10

Costa Coffee has recommended its franchise partners also pass on the saving, however, customers should check prices in store, as prices may vary in those stores operated by a franchise partner.

By Neil Shaw

Source: Hull Daily Mail

Meet the Dartford Coffee Blue barista delivering to workers on the Covid-19 frontline

March 31, 2020

Coffee Blue Franchise UK – Coffee chains may now be shut but one barista is still busy refuelling the nation’s army of key workers.

Christine Kelly, 55, is delivering food and drinks to frontline staff operating from the Acorn and White Oak business parks in Dartford and Swanley.

Working as part of the mobile franchise Coffee Blue she distributes everything from baked goods to cappuccinos.

Following the Prime Minister’s lockdown announcement on Monday she anticipated business would soon grind to a halt completely.

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Instead she says she has been inundated with calls from those companies still operating with key workers to see if she is able to visit.

She said: “I got a call to see whether I was still coming around. I didn’t intend to go in until they said they were still working.

“There is a whole army behind people. I was surprised to see how many people were there.”

The majority are utility workers needed to keep gas, electricity and water operations running.

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But she says others support the work of doctors and nurses operating on the frontline, providing clinical support and other services.

The franchise had been carrying out “doorstop drops” for people in self-isolation but will now primarily be focusing on food delivery services to NHS staff and other key workers.

Christine says she will continue to work while a revenue source is available or until asked not to.

“I have to have a reason,” she adds, “I don’t want to be stopped by the police.”

The business said extra precautions were now being taken to minimise contact and maximise the health and safety of staff and customers.

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Franchise Manager, Martin Jones, said: “We understand the great strain our NHS workers are under. They are the ones on the front line fighting this disease.

“With long shifts and little opportunity to leave the workplace, nurses, doctors and GPs will find little time in their days to eat meals and take care of themselves.

“Whether it’s hospitals, local GP clinics or anyone under the NHS umbrella, we’d like to extend this invitation to those who need it.”

By Sean Delaney

Source: Kent Online

Triple Two Coffee agrees City Tower deal

February 20, 2020

Franchise-led brand Triple Two Coffee has agreed terms to open at Manchester’s landmark City Tower building.

The food and drink chain operates throughout the UK, with its latest venture set to be its first in the North.

It has struck a deal with Schroder Real Estate to take over 1,600 sq ft of space across the ground floor on a ten-year lease and is expected to open late February.

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Rob Cosslett, investment manager at Schroders, said: “This new addition is reflecting our strategy of continuously improving the retail offer at City Tower and will be a very positive addition to Parker Street.

“This is a national, fast-growing food and drink chain which will complement and enhance the existing offering. Triple Two Coffee is set for a rapid expansion all over the UK, and we feel privileged that City Tower has been selected to be the first destination in the North.”

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Russell McGill, associate director in Savills’ Manchester retail team, which advised Schroders, added: “The retail and leisure offering at City Tower has developed significantly and the addition of Triple Two Coffee bolsters the recent deals struck with Lidl and Freshly Chopped.

“The result is a diverse tenant mix in the building which can support the needs of occupiers and really help create that vertical village feeling.”

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City Tower is owned in a joint venture between Schroder Real Estate Investment Trust, the actively managed UK REIT, Schroder UK Real Estate Fund and Immobilien Europa Direkt.

By Matthew Ord

Source: Insider Media

Wild Bean Café franchise offer ready to roll out to more independents

February 10, 2020

BP has “a strong pipeline” of independent dealers looking to adopt Wild Bean Café coffee and food to go franchises this year, according to the company.

The franchise proposition was launched last year to independent dealer partners within the BP network, and is ready to roll out further after success at an initial five sites.

Martin Tolson, dealer partner offers manager, said: “BP customers want quality coffee and food on the go. Delivering this in a consistent, convenient and fast proposition is at the heart of the Wild Bean Café offer. We know that the proposition, exclusive to BP branded sites, will give dealers a competitive advantage and encourage in-store purchases to further their business success with BP in 2020.”

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Each forecourt receives a bespoke solution, and the proposition includes equipment especially designed for limited back of house space. BP provides full on-site training prior to launch, and digital solutions to streamline and simplify production planning, task management and temperature checking.

Forecourt operator Sectorsure No 10 opened a franchise in Bradwell, Essex, last year. Managing director Andrew MacDonald said: “We have long been supporters of the Wild Bean concept. Our customers have completely embraced the concept with great coffee, superb food available the latest branding looks fantastic.”

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Wild Bean Café forecourt locations on average see over 30% of fuel customers purchase in the coffee and food to go category, with a significant proportion of these purchased in the morning and lunchtime trading periods. The offer was developed and refreshed last year to reflect these forecourt customer trends.

There are currently around 300 Wild Bean Café units across the UK, predominantly in BP-owned sites. The BP Dealer network makes up approximately 900 forecourts out of the BP UK network of over 1,200 sites.

By David Rees

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Swindon’s first bubble tea cafe opens for business

January 17, 2020

Bebble Tea – With big franchise stores closing, more and more people are calling for independent stores – and Swindon just got a new one.

It is also the town’s first bubble tea-based cafe and offers a variety of flavours of the Taiwanese drink.

Owner and manager of Bebble Tea Merjie Casasola, said she chose to open the store on Commercial Road because she saw an opening for it in the town – even though dessert restaurant Kaspa’s sells a bubble drink.

She said: “For now, I believe there is no competitor. I realise we have Kaspa’s but I checked their business, prices and how they’re making the drink, but as far as I can see it’s nothing compared to how the original bubble tea is made.

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“I thought ‘why not try?’ It’s a gamble, to be honest.

“Right now, in town, as you can see it’s quite dead and a lot of businesses have shut down.”

The location might seem an odd choice for a new cafe, but Merjie was put off the town centre by the cost of rates and restrictive opening times.

Merjie told the Adver: “This is a good location for a variety of reasons. The car park just behind is great as well as people passing by on the road can easily see the store.

“People have said they just passed by and decided to come in, so it’s a good location.

“But it’s expensive. I didn’t really expect the monthly cost and I’m going to be having a hard time with it.

“I will see how it goes, because it’s still early and I know that summer will be booming.

“I checked the town centre and it’s so expensive and I now realise that that’s why a lot of places have shut.

“I also looked at the Brunel and it’s not bad, but they’ve got quite a restriction on the opening hours and I’d like to be able to get those extra sales.

“Everywhere closes at 5pm or 6pm but out here I can stay open until 9pm, 10pm or 11pm because the store next to me is open until 10pm, so it’s not bad. “

A big stuffed dog sits in the corner of the room. The story behind it – and the store’s name – is one that Merjie was keen to tell.

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She said: “About a year ago me and my family went to Winter Wonderland and my dad paid to play some of the games.

“He tried to play the basketball and we didn’t think he was going to win anything but he won the third basket and he won a big stuffed dog.

“My dad loves to give things nicknames and so he called him Bebble.

He’s big and we couldn’t take him on a bus so he stayed with me in my small London apartment – he’s huge.

“Then, while we were thinking of the name, I was saying that it should sound like bubble so that people will recognise it. My dad jokingly said it should be Bebble Tea and it stuck.”

What does bubble tea taste like?

With the opening of Swindon’s first bubble tea cafe, Adver reporter Connor Mountford went to Commercial Road to give the new beverage a try…

At first I was overwhelmed by the choice of options. There was everything from Nutella to watermelon, I was recommended the Thai milk of the taro, a root vegetable, but instead I went for vanilla.

The drink was made in pretty good time and I quickly had the finished product in my hand.

I had never had a bubble tea before and so I didn’t really know what to expect.

Overall it mainly tasted like a vanilla milkshake except with some tapioca balls at the bottom. Those were a surprise and had a very odd texture. Either way, I would highly recommend it.

I had to head back to the office, so I had my drink in a plastic cup. Owner Merjie Casasola says that while she knows they aren’t the best for the environment a lot of customers ask for one to show off the colours created by the various drinks.

But every cup does come with a bamboo straw instead of a plastic one.

By Connor Mountford

Source: Swindon Advertiser

World-famous Tim Hortons coffee and donut chain plans new Co Armagh drive-thru

January 4, 2020

World-famous coffee and donut chain Tim Hortons has set its sights on opening a new drive-thru in Portadown, Armagh I can exclusively reveal.

The development – which would create 10 new jobs if approved – has been earmarked for a site across from the Meadows Shopping Centre, adjacent to the Meadows Retail Park.

The SK Group – the parent company for the Canadian brand within the UK – has submitted proposals to Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council.

The company argues it would be a major boost to the general locale, where the McDonalds restaurant was renovated just over a year ago, and the addition of The Range to the Meadows shopping centre itself has helped to provide a new lease of life in the area.

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Now Northern Ireland’s fourth opening under the Tim Hortons franchise – and the first outside the greater Belfast area – could shortly become a reality if planners serve up approval.

And according to a submission accompanying planning papers, the chain hopes to open around 25 more units across Northern Ireland within the next two years.

Tim Hortons – named after the Canadian hockey legend – is renowned worldwide for its coffee, freshly baked goods – including an extensive range of home-made donuts – sandwiches, wraps and other such fayre.

The plan in Portadown is for a drive-thru café.

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The 2,400 sq ft cafe would be boosted with the inclusion of an outdoor seating area and in excess of 60 car parking spaces.

The application also includes a height limiter, order point kiosk, landscaping, access, parking provision, together with lighting and ancillary site works.

The site – an existing car park – is bounded to the east by Meadow Lane and to the north by Sandy Row.

According to papers submitted with the proposals, 10 jobs would be created, with hundreds of customers expected on a daily basis.

Pre-application discussions have already taken place with planners when, according to a supporting statement, the “principle of development was agreed”.

According to the statement: “The proposal seeks to confirm and add to the lively and attractive environment of the primary retail core by creating a choice of food outlets for customers.

“As Tim Horton’s are a successful global chain and are a recent addition to Northern Ireland, the drive-thru coffee shop will attract and encourage visitors to the area.”

It says it will offer a service “similar in nature to the adjacent McDonalds” and will “complement the established retail uses within Meadows Retail Park to the south and Meadows Shopping Centre to the east of the site”.

To date, one objection has been received from Playtime NI Ltd, trading as Peter Pan’s Neverland, within the Meadows Retail Park. It raises issues with potential congestion and car parking, saying it would reduce the “legitimate car parking on the site to an unacceptable level”.

It also argues that it would result in an “overhang at the entrance” and “increase the hazards to both pedestrians and road users” at what it says is an “already busy junction”. It suggests alternative sites at the Lidl on the Armagh Road and at the Marlborough Retail Park.

The detailed submission will now be considered by planners during the determining process.

Tim Horton’s opened its first outlet in the Canadian province of Ontario back in 1964. Twenty years later it opened in the United States and today the brand now employs thousands of workers in over 2,000 outlets.

It is only two years since the iconic brand arrived in the UK with a slow and gradual process leading to a handful of openings. Tim Horton’s now has three in Northern Ireland – in Belfast City Centre, Connswater and Glengormley, with another approved for Coleraine – and this newest earmarked for Portadown.

The application will now be considered by ABC Council and will be publicly advertised this week, with a decision expected within the next few months.

By Micheal McKenna

Source: Armaghi