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Starbucks and Sainsbury’s partnership reaches 50 in-store cafés

The Seattle-based coffee chain now operates 50 cafés within Sainsbury’s network of 600 UK supermarket stores and plans to add 30 new locations as part of the collaboration before the end of 2022

Sainsbury's is targeting 30 additional Starbucks cafés within its stores by the end of 2022 | Photo credit: Cobra Coffee


US coffee chain Starbucks has opened its 50th café in partnership with UK supermarket giant Sainsbury’s. 

The new Starbucks café in Folkestone’s Sainsbury’s forms part of a wider expansion plan between the retailer and the coffee chain, which are targeting 30 additional Starbucks cafés within Sainsbury’s stores by the end of 2022. 

Operated by UK licensee Cobra Coffee, the new store will also offer Too Good To Go – an app connecting customers to cafés and restaurants with unsold food, which is sold at a discounted price at the end of the day. 

“We are pleased to be opening our 50th in-store Starbucks café in Folkestone, in partnership with Sainsbury’s. This is a great opportunity for customers to meet our team and we look forward to welcoming the local community to enjoy our new dining-in and takeaway moments as we introduce the Starbucks Experience across more Sainsbury’s stores nationwide,” said Rehan Sardar, Director of Store Development, Starbucks. 

In March 2022, Sainsbury’s announced a major revamp of its in-store café offer and set a target of reaching 60 new in-store Starbucks cafés by the end of the year.  

In September 2022, Sainsbury’s also began expanding The Restaurant Hub concept with Boparan Restaurant Group, offering UK customers eat-in, takeaway and delivery of hot food and beverages from the Caffè Carluccio’s, Ed’s Diner, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Harry Ramsden’s and Slim Chickens brands. 

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