Caffè Nero, the coffee chain operator, has rolled out core elements of its new store design to around 30 stores across the UK so far. The 435-strong chain launched its new design at its Gloucester Road store in London last March. The new look has been described as “an evolution” of the company’s brand and continues to use elements taken and adapted from its traditional “Continental and Mediterranean influences”. The company, which remains majority owned by its founder Gerry Ford, announced earlier this year that it was to step up its expansion plans in central London. The group appointed specialist property consultants Lunson Mitchenall to specifically seek central London-based sites. Caffe Nero refinanced its £140m debt earlier this year and announced plans to open 50 new stores in the UK.