Starbucks’ first UK franchised business partner, 23.5 Degrees, has announced it will open its 80th store today, 26 March in King’s Lynn, Norfolk.
The opening is part of an “ambitious expansion programme” for 23.5 Degrees, which has a “strong pipeline” of approved stores and plans to reach 300 stores by 2027.
23.5 Degrees – which opened its first Starbucks store in Hampshire in 2013 – said that it “aims to reach 100 stores by March 2022”.
Currently, 23.5 Degrees is seeking both “freehold and leasehold drive thru opportunities on main arterial routes, close to major retail destinations or on large industrial estates”.
These opportunities should be able to be designed into three standard sized units: 1,500, 1,800 and 2,200 sq ft.
23.5 Degrees has also said it will also consider “retail park and drive-to destinations, as well as high street units in prominent high footfall locations with a minimum size of 1,500 sq ft”.
Mark Hepburn, managing director at 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.”