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Northern Ireland’s Bob & Berts lifts growth target to 70 stores

The 25-strong coffee chain says it is on the path to reaching its ‘long-term goal of 70 stores’ following strong sales and a healthy pipeline of new sites

A Bob & Berts cafe in Preston, UK | Photo credit: Bob & Berts


UK coffee chain Bob & Berts has lifted its ‘long-term’ growth target from 50 to 70 stores following strong trading across its 25 outlets. 

The value-focused operator opened its first store in Portstewart, Northern Ireland, in 2013 and is expected to reach 30 outlets across the UK by the end of the year. Bob & Berts will open sites in Belfast, Blackpool and Wakefield in the coming months, according to its website. 

Bob & Berts, backed by UK investment company BGF, achieved 58% sales growth in the 12 months ended 30 June 2022 to reach £17.8m ($22m).  

“We posted record results in 2022 and we are well on our way to our long-term goal of 70 stores. Our offering of quality coffee and food in a relaxed atmosphere has resonated with our customer base in local communities and the stores are performing exceptionally well,” said Co-owner David Ferguson. 

In June 2023, Bob & Berts was listed on the FEBE Growth 100 list, which recognises the UK’s 100 fastest growing founder-led private companies. 

Bob & Berts was the only Northern Irish business to be listed and one of only two coffee companies, alongside Cornish specialty coffee roaster and café chain Origin Coffee

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