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Award winning coffee and deli style cafe 'the streat' has signed up a youth coach at Rangers FC to open its first outlet outside Ireland. Chris Queen opened the company's first UK franchise at Glasgow's Silverburn shopping centre in December, which was the streat's 30th outlet in nine years.

'It's really exciting being the owner of the first 'streat' in Scotland,' says Chris. 'There are outlets in most towns and cities in Ireland and its a well known name over there. Being based at Silverburn, one of the busiest shopping centres in the country, is really exciting too.

''the streat' looks after many customers, some who are after a quick coffee on their way to work, some who are after a sandwich, salad, wrap or panini during their lunch hour and some who just want to take the weight off their feet from shopping with a gourmet coffee and cake. There are also lots of companies who want catering for meetings or events. Whoever it is, we'll be delighted to see them.'

Gerry Carey, 'the streat's' Scottish Regional Development Franchisee (pictured above, right, with Chris Queen), adds: 'We strongly believe that 'the streat' is more than a café. Coffee and sandwich retailing demands fresh ideas all the time and 'the streat' has proven itself across Northern Ireland by opening 30 outlets in less than nine years, winning awards along the way. Scots appreciate fresh produce and we plan to experience similar growth to that of Ireland, across Scotland.

'We are committed to using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible for all our food offerings, our coffee comes from slightly further afield! We visited 23 coffee farmers and in turn selected just two from Costa Rica and Kenya who now supply all our ethically produced gourmet coffee.'

'the streat' was named as Best Emerging Franchise at the Irish Franchise Association Awards in Dublin recently. 'the streat' has also picked up two UK National Training Awards.


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