The UK-based coffee chain and its franchise partner Alghanim Industries launch their first drive-thru store in Oman following a period of strong outlet growth across the Middle East
The store has been opened by Costa Coffee’s Middle East franchise partner Alghanim Industries | Photo credit: Alghanim Industries
UK-based Costa Coffee has opened its first drive-thru store in Oman via the coffee chain's Middle East franchise partner Alghanim Industries.
The outlet is located at the November Square shopping centre in Seeb.
Costa Coffee returned to Oman via the Kuwait-based multinational in August 2022, with a store in the Mall of Oman.
Alghanim Industries also reported opening two Costa Coffee stores in the capital city of Muscat in January 2023, taking its outlet count in Oman to five.
World Coffee Portal indicates the total Omani branded coffee shop market comprises more than 165 outlets and is projected to reach 244 outlets by 2027.
The market is led by Qatari coffee chain Kaldi 850 Coffee and US-based Starbucks and Gloria Jean’s.
Costa Coffee and Alghanim Industries formed their Kuwaiti franchise partnership in 2013 and announced an extended partnership in June 2019, giving the latter rights to develop the Costa Coffee brand across Saudi Arabia, Oman and Qatar.
The Kuwaiti company opened a total of 17 Costa Coffee stores across the Middle East in January 2023, which it said was a record for the coffee chain.
In addition to its Omani stores, Alghanim Industries launched eight stores in Saudi Arabia, three stores in Kuwait and three stores in Qatar.
Costa Coffee has achieved strong international outlet growth in the last six months, notably launching its first bricks-and-mortar store in the US, resuming operations Morocco, debuting in Georgia, and agreeing to launch in Austria and Pakistan.
The UK-based coffee chain, which operates approximately 4,000 outlets globally, also launched its first drive-thru store in China in December 2022 and reached its 100-store milestone in India in January 2023.