The Kuwait-based franchisee opened 16 Costa Coffee stores in Saudi Arabia in December 2023 alongside a single site in Qatar to reach more than 160 outlets across four Middle East markets
There are currently more than 160 Costa Coffee outlets across Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Oman | Photo credit: Costa Coffee
Kuwait-based Alghanim Industries opened 17 new Costa Coffee stores in December 2023 – a new monthly record for the UK coffee chain in international markets.
The Sharq-based franchisee opened 16 Costa Coffee stores in Saudi Arabia last month, including four in Jeddah and three each in Dammam, Makkah and Riyadh. The franchise business also opened a site in Doha, Qatar, during the period.
Alghanim Industries acquired franchise rights to Costa Coffee in Kuwait in 2013 before extending its partnership with the UK coffee chain in July 2019 to include licensing rights for Saudi Arabia, Oman and Qatar.
There are currently more than 100 Costa Coffee outlets in Kuwait, over 50 in Saudi Arabia and six in Qatar and Oman respectively.
Costa Coffee has a presence in nine markets across the Middle East and North Africa. The brand is operated by Emirates Leisure Retail in the UAE, Al Zayani Foods in Bahrain, Goldex in Morocco and Americana Restaurants in Egypt, Kazakhstan and Jordan.
Costa Coffee entered nine new international markets in the 12 months to September 2023.
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The Coca-Cola-owned coffee chain opened its first bricks-and-mortar store in the US and re-entered Oman in August 2022 before launching in Morocco and Georgia in the following November. The brand also opened its first sites in Austria and Pakistan in December 2022, before entering Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan and Japan last year.