Australian cafe chain The Coffee Club has announced it plans to open 100 stores across the Gulf within the next 10 years.
The first cafe is due to open in 2014, although no location or timeframe has been decided.
The Coffee Club is Australia’s largest home-grown cafe chain and also has 68 international stores including in Egypt and the Maldives.
It intends to operate in 14 countries in the coming years.
The Gulf stores will be run under a licensing agreement with Liwa Minor Food & Beverages, a joint venture between UAE-based Al Nasser Holdings and Australia’s Minor Food Group.
The Coffee Club’s sister restaurant Rib’s & Rumps already is operating in the Gulf with stores in Dubai Mall and Mangaf, Kuwait.
There already are a plethora of coffee shops and international cafe brands in the Gulf but The Coffee Club spokeswoman Sarah Broad said there was a strong demand for a café offering premium coffee and food options the region represented “a fantastic growth market” for the brand.
“The Coffee Club is renowned for good food, great service and excellent coffee so we believe this will help set us apart from competitors,” she told Arabian Business.
“We have partnered with a strong and well respected partner who will bring a great deal of expertise to the opening of The Coffee Club in the Middle East.”For all the latest retail news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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