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Black Sheep Coffee eyes further UK expansion

London-based coffee chain Black Sheep Coffee plans to open more than 30 new stores over the next seven months 

Black Sheep Coffee currently has more than 40 locations | Photo credit: Black Sheep Coffee

Black Sheep Coffee is aiming to grow its store portfolio, with more than 30 new outlets planned to open by March 2022, according to a Propel report. 

The expansion is planned across numerous UK cities including Edinburgh, Liverpool, Manchester and London. 

The company is also understood to have signed its first UK franchisee for an opening in Birmingham, with another set to be signed for west London. 

“After only opening one site in 2020, at Battersea Power Station, it is great for the business and the teams to be back on the expansion and openings trail. The next year will see a new chapter for the business as we look to build a national presence and provide a point of difference to more traditional coffee brands,” said Gabriel Shohet, co-founder and co-CEO of Black Sheep Coffee. 

Black Sheep Coffee was founded in 2013 by former student flatmates Eirik Holth and Gabriel Shohet. The coffee chain currently has more than 40 locations, which are UK-based, excluding two sites in the Philippines and one in France. Black Sheep operates three store formats, including takeaway kiosks, cafés and a coffee and cocktail concept.  

In June 2019, the coffee chain raised £13m in investment from a group of high-profile private investors, which included the first investor in the Spotify music streaming service, Tellef Thorleifsson.

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