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Wednesday, October 31, 2023

Coffee Republic appoint Leslie Furness for major expansion plans

Retail agency specialist Leslie Furness has been appointed sole agent by Coffee Republic Plc to advise on its aggressive expansion programme and all future professional work.

Coffee Republic, which has recently refitted all of its existing trading stores to its new and highly successful Coffee Republic deli format, is on track to have almost 100 outlets worldwide by Christmas 2007 and is seeking at least 50 new outlets per annum over the next few years.

Leslie Furness will be targeting high street and shopping centre units of between 600 sq ft (56 sq m) and 1,500 sq ft (111 sq m) throughout the UK.

To date, Coffee Republic has opened in a range of different locations including major shopping centres, in-store concessions, serviced office facilities and airport terminal buildings. It won the BAA Food and Beverage Award for best coffee in any UK airport in July 2006.

It is trialling imaginative partnerships such as that with a major pub chain for its Coffee Republic Served Here concept, which it has so far rolled out to 28 of the pub chain's London sites. It has also instigated a trial with RoadChef Motorways at Taunton Deane motorway services on the M5 and has installed Barclaycard OnePulse in five locations.

Peter Breach, chairman of Coffee Republic, comments: "As we enter a period of rapid growth for Coffee Republic, we need the services of a specialist retail agent to spearhead our push for new units. We have selected Leslie Furness as they offer the services we require and have a strong track record in producing results."

Tim Hance, agency director of Leslie Furness, comments: "It's exciting to be working with Coffee Republic at a very bullish stage of their brand development and we look forward to assisting their expansion across the UK."

As well as site acquisitions, Leslie Furness will be undertaking all Coffee Republic's rent reviews and rating work.