Coffee Republic: It all starts with great coffee

During the past two years Coffee Republic has converted a number of its traditional espresso bars in and around London and at Heathrow to its highly successful Deli concept.

Coffee Republic is the publicly listed company that 10 years ago created one of the UK's original international style espresso bar chains. We now offer hands-on franchises, operating one or more locations, as well as management franchise opportunities for regional development franchisees, responsible for the development of a large area of the UK.

The introduction of the new Deli format totally sets Coffee Republic apart from other coffee bars, cafés and restaurants. Best of all, converted units have seen an average turnover increase of more than 25 per cent. The deli bars offer the same great coffee on which we built our business - now however we also offer fresh food, including made-on-demand hot and cold sandwiches as well as great soups and salads all served in a fast and furious environment.

We still have a very limited number of existing bars available to be converted to Deli format before we hand them over as an up and running business to the franchisee. The company believes this offer is unique and most of the new franchises opened this year have been conversions.

By investing in fully staffed and equipped existing units with proven high levels of turnover, new franchisees can be up and running quicker than the six to nine months common with 'green field' sites.

We have put in place great systems and training for our 50 existing bars. We are confident that we can take people from a wide range of backgrounds and have them running their own business in just a few weeks.

There are four franchise opportunities at Coffee Republic:

Route 1 - Fast-Start
The existing units offered are already major cash generators.

Route 2 - A New Coffee Republic Deli
This offer is for franchisees who want to own a brand new unit in a location of their choosing.

Route 3 - Turn the Republic into an Empire
Coffee Republic is also seeking Development Franchisees to operate an entire region of the British Isles. These investors will have the opportunity to recruit franchisees to develop around 20 new Coffee Republic Deli outlets in their operational area.

Route 4 - Republics around the World
Serious International Master Franchise opportunities are also on offer outside the UK.

Franchising at Coffee Republic™

Something really rather special is happening at Coffee Republic. After 10 years as a leading high street espresso bar chain, we are now busy re-inventing the way the British enjoy coffee, by bringing together freshly made hot and food with what the press has described as Britain's 'best cappuccino'.

Our new concept is Coffee Republic Deli™ and until we created the format coffee drinkers had a dismal choice: They could drink great coffee in an espresso bar, or they could eat great fresh food in a restaurant - getting both together was very difficult and with fast service even more difficult to find. Coffee Republic Deli™ not only offers both under one roof, we combine our fresh food offer with truly fast service. It is little wonder that our Delis are meeting the demands of thousands of extra guests every week.

We have opportunities throughout the UK both for franchisees to operate one or more deli bars, as well as, for Regional Development Franchisees to build business covering a large are of the UK. We also seek international applications only for Country Master Franchisees. If you want to get to know us we will be delighted to welcome you to an Open Evening presentation at a working Coffee Republic Deli™ in London. The minimum liquid cash needed is £50,000.

Reported by Franchise Manager Alun Hamilton-Jervis