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.

Source: Franchise World

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

Source: Big Hospitality

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

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