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Knoops agrees Middle East partnership and eyes opportunities in US and China

CEO William Gordon-Harris says the UK-based 17-store premium chocolate and coffee chain can become a ‘billion dollar brand’ with 3,000 stores by 2030

Knoops has a goal of operating 3,000 stores globally by 2030 | Photo credit: Knoops


UK-based premium chocolate and coffee chain Knoops has agreed its first international partnership to open stores in the Middle East. 

CEO William Gordon-Harris told The Times that he is seeking to ‘build a billion-dollar brand’ and has a goal of operating 3,000 stores globally by 2030. 

Alongside securing an unnamed partner to launch in the Middle East, Gordon-Harris revealed Knoops is in negotiations to open stores in the US and China. The 17-store boutique operator will pursue a company-owned model for expansion rather than adopting a franchise format, he added 

“The growth levels are absolutely enormous. The Chinese partners we’re talking to at the moment scaled 3,000 to 4,000 units for one particular brand in 36 months. We set this up to scale. We’re an affordable luxury business but we are also a mass-market proposition. We’re a category killer. We have no competitors in the world that do what we do and I think that with the right ambition, combined with the right systems and people, I don’t believe there’s any way we can’t build a billion-dollar brand here,” Gordon-Harris said. 

Founded in East Sussex in 2013, Knoops has raised approximately £12m ($15.2m) to date to fund its expansion – including an £8.3m ($10.4m) investment round in November 2023. 

Knoops had previously announced plans to open 20 new UK stores this year as part of a goal to reach 200 UK outlets within the next four years. However, the business is now seeking to open 40 new outlets across the country within the next 12 months, as part of plans to reach 300 UK stores by 2028. 

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