Esquires Coffee plans UK test kitchen ahead of huge store drive

Esquires Coffee will open a UK test kitchen in Putney after securing a site that will also serve as its newest coffee shop and office headquarters.

The company has agreed a deal on two combined units and intends to launch its new cafe bistro model on site.

The location will be home to the test kitchen and there are further plans to install a coffee roaster on site.

The move is part of a drive to reach 150 stores in the UK within the next three years.

Esquires Coffee founder and UK managing director, Doug Williamson, said: “We’re entering a new phase for Esquires Coffee, pushing ever further ahead of the ubiquitous brands to deliver a stylised, localised and community focused experience.”

Esquires Coffee was founded in 1993 in Vancouver, Canada, and expanded to the UK in 2000.

The last six months have seen the company ramp up its UK coverage, with new shops opening in Hanley, Bournemouth, Liverpool and Yate.

Further sites are scheduled to launch in Manchester, Tunbridge Wells, Canterbury and Oxford.

Talks are ongoing with regional developers to secure dozens of additional locations and grow to 150 units by 2021, according to the British Franchise Association, which Esquires belongs to.

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