While some of the market’s big guns have put the shackles on expansion for the time being, high-flying Northern Irish coffee shop chain Bob & Berts is doing exactly the opposite.
Co-owner Colin McClean, who founded the business with his father Arnold and brother-in-law David Ferguson, recognised the market opportunity to create a differentiated offering, with a focus on satisfying demand for quality coffee and fresh food, including breakfast, lunch and evening meals.
And he is delighted the concept is proving scalable.
“The business is growing quickly and we are ambitious to take the next step. We have successfully opened 10 new stores in the last two years and are looking to open a further 30 over the next four years,” he says.
Those stores will be spread across Northern Ireland, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland as the chain widens its geographic footprint.
If the prospect of such rapid expansion does ever become daunting for the owners they can at least seek the advice of former Costa finance chief Mohan Mansigani, who has just joined the board.
Company: Bob & Berts
Address: 75 The Promenade, Portstewart, BT55 7AF
Tel: 028 7083 2445
Focus: Coffee shops