Starbucks first UK franchised business partner, 23.5 Degrees, will open its 90th store on 26 August in Blaydon, Gateshead.

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 Managing Director Mark Hepburn said: “In just over nine years we have built this company one store at a time. 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.”

23.5 Degrees opened its first Starbucks store in Liphook, Hampshire, in February 2013.

23.5 Degrees is actively 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. They can either be modular or traditionally built.

23.5 Degrees 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 added: “We’re able to move fast on great new sites. Our use of modular design and build enables our landlords to have our stores trading faster. We’re keeping our foot on the gas and plan to reach 300 stores in the next five years.”

23.5 Degrees now has more than 1,550 partners, having started from scratch in 2013. The business will employ even more people as the Starbucks stores currently in development are rolled out.

The Company has a proven track record of developing its people. Many current managers and area managers started as baristas. More than half of the firm’s managers have been promoted to those positions from within the business.

23.5 Degrees has invested more than £31.5 million in the UK economy to date through building and buying stores.

The business’s management team has a track record of success in foodservice franchise businesses and specialise in rapidly growing firms.

The new store at Blaydon, Gateshead, has been made possible by the repurposing of an existing building, which helps reduce our carbon footprint as well as speeding up the planning and build process.

The new store is located at Bridge Street, Blaydon on Tyne, NE21 4JJ and open between 6.00 am and 9.00 pm Monday to Sunday.

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