New data has found that coffee shops are very definitely in right now – in UK town centres, at least. In the five years between 2011 and 2016, the number of cafes (combined with fast food outlets and restaurants) appearing on English, Scottish and Welsh high streets is up by 6,000. It compares to the closure rate of town centre bars, pubs and clubs during that same period, with the total number of such venues down by 2,000. Coffee, it appears, is the new king of the town centre.
The figures – produced by the Local Data Company and analysed by the BBC – uncover a 9 per cent growth in the number of cafes and fast food outlets since 2011. Admittedly, there is still some way to go before coffee shops surpass pubs as the most popular leisure venues in UK town centres – but the gap is closing. And, if you’re thinking of running a coffee shop of your own, the market is ripe with opportunities as you move with the times.
Allegra World Coffee Portal data underlines the unfaltering potential of the domestic coffee shop market right now. In 2016, the total UK coffee shop market saw a 6% increase in the number of outlets and 12% growth in turnover to £8.9bn. That’s big money no matter how you look at it. Allegra, in fact, goes as far to forecast that “as coffee shops are increasingly viewed as the local of choice by British consumers, coffee shops are set to outnumber pubs in the UK by 2030”.
So, let’s take a step back and talk about your dream of running a coffee shop – and how the market is going to take shape in the months ahead. For Allegra, it’s all about the “fifth wave” – premium boutiques that serve authentic, artisan coffee. So, why don’t you be a part of it – and ride that “fifth wave” to success? Thanks to Hire-Innovation’s complete coffee shop solutions, it’s never been easier to create your own unique, authentic and premium coffee concept. It’s the ultimate equipment, it’s the finest tasting beans… it’s the perfect combination.
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