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Australia’s The Coffee Club to make India debut in 2023

The Brisbane-based coffee chain has partnered with Indian conglomerate CK Israni Group and is targeting 100 stores within five years

The Coffee Club opened its first store in Brisbane in 1989 and now operates over 400 stores across nine markets | Photo credit: Maksym Kozlenko CC BY-SA 3.0


Australian coffee chain The Coffee Club is to debut in India next year with new franchise partner CK Israni Group. 

New Delhi-based conglomerate CK Israni said it will start opening stores next year and is targeting 100 The Coffee Club outlets in India by 2028. 

“We are still figuring out whether it is going to start from Delhi or Mumbai. The Coffee Club is a mass market brand, and we will start rolling out stores from next year,” said Chandni Nath Israni, Co-Founder, CK Israni. 

India has become a key growth market for many international coffee chains seeking to capture a share of increasing consumer demand for premium coffee and café experiences. 

Starbucks and Costa Coffee have both achieved further outlet growth in India this year while Dunkin’ has commenced revamping its coffee menu and store design to attract younger consumers. 

Additionally, Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons will invest $37m to open 120 stores in the next three years with Indian licensee AG Café. 

The Coffee Club opened its first store in Brisbane in 1989 and now operates over 400 stores across nine markets, including New Zealand, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. 

The Coffee Club is owned by Australian retail food brand franchisor Minor DKL Food Group, which also operates the Australian roaster and café brand Coffee Hit and specialty coffee roaster Veneziano. 

CK Israni Group has predominantly operated in the real estate and infrastructure industries. However, the company also signed a franchise agreement with French bakery and confectionery brand Laduree in November 2020. It currently operates two Laduree outlets, with plans to reach 20 by 2025. 

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