Coffee Republic, the rapidly expanding coffee shop group, is adding 20 UK franchises this year as it looks to double its estate while concurrently opening international units.

The group, which has opened in Lewisham & Southwark College at Waterloo on London’s South Bank this month, is on track to double its presence focusing on London and the south.

Coffee Republic has opened franchise units in Fuerteventura International Airport, Bedford’s High Street, Golders Green and at Lewisham & Southwark College this month.

Richard Shakespeare, head of franchising, told M&C the growth puts it on track to achieve its target of doubling the UK estate in the biggest period of growth since the brand was acquired in 2009.

At present, Coffee Republic is not planning to grow its four-strong company-owned estate as it focuses on its franchise position.

The company is also growing its overseas estate having signed master franchise agreements in Qatar, Oman, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Kuwait and Pakistan.

Coffee Republic has signed a master franchise agreement in Qatar that will see a minimum of five sites open over the next five years. A similar deal is in place in Oman, where the first site is due to open in January.