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EL&N continues Middle East expansion with first store in Bahrain

The boutique café chain’s outlet at Manama’s Avenues Mall shopping centre is its 14th store across the Middle East and precedes further international growth anticipated over the next 12 months

EL&N also operates stores across Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and the UAE | Photo credit: EL&N


UK-based EL&N has opened its first store in Bahrain at the Avenues Mall shopping centre, its 14th outlet across the Middle East and 29th globally. 

The boutique café group, which also operates stores across Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and the UAE, joins international coffee chains Starbucks, Dunkin’ and % Arabica at the Manama retail site. 

EL&N also operates an outlet at Avenues Mall’s shopping centre in Kuwait. 

World Coffee Portal research shows the total Bahraini branded coffee shop market exceeds 180 stores and is forecast to reach 235 outlets by 2027. 

The market is heavily populated by international chains, led by Starbucks and Caribou Coffee, which operate 40 and 31 stores respectively. 

Founded in 2017, EL&N also operates 12 stores in the UK alongside two outlets in Italy and a single store in France. 

In February 2023, the boutique café group appointed Lagardère Travel Retail as its exclusive franchisee for travel locations to support its growth in the travel retail market and explore opportunities globally. 

EL&N has also reportedly agreed a franchise partnership with Reliance Brands to open outlets in India.  

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