International coffee house franchise, Starbucks, has opened its doors to its first franchise store in the UK, in Liphook, Hampshire.

The store is part of an eight store deal with local Hampshire entrepreneurs 23.5 Degrees that is expected to create over 100 new jobs in the Dorset and Hampshire area.

Starbucks new franchise offer gives local franchise owners throughout the UK the opportunity to bring their local expertise and experience to deliver for Starbucks customers.

This move builds on the success of Starbucks licensed partnerships and is part of the company’s strategy to get to profitability in the UK by opening stores in high footfall, profitable locations. Over the coming months, 23.5 Degrees will open additional Starbucks franchise stores in Portsmouth, Bournemouth, Farnborough, Trowbrige and Southampton, amongst other locations. Each new store opening will create between 15-18 new local jobs.

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