T2, the Unilever-owned Australian tea retail chain, will have 11 sites by the end of 2015 and has the potential to reach 50 or 60 it believes.

Darren Williams, international retail director for T2, told M&C’s sister title The Grocer there were plans for a “very considered” rollout long-term for the high-end brand. He said: “It doesn’t mean we will do that number but that feels about right in terms of keeping the brand special.”

T2 currently has six London-based sites (Kingston, Shoreditch, Chelsea, Westfield, Richmond and Regent St).

It is set to open its first site outside the capital in Cheltenham on 21 September, London’s Tottenham Court Road on 28 September, with Bath and Windsor at the end of October. Another site will open before Christmas.

In 2016, the operator plans to open 12 new sites in areas such as Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, York and Harrogate. T2 plans to add a similar number by 2017 meaning there would be 35 to 40 UK sites by the end of that year.

T2 sells more than 200 teas imported from Australia in retail outlets of between 1,500 sq ft and 2,000 sq ft, but Williams adds that T2 is trialling smaller formats.

“Our Tottenham Court Road store is about 2/3rd of the size that we would ideally take but we think it is important to trial different formats,” he said. “We would also look in the future at potentially retailing in railway stations and offering a reduced range of teas and homeware.”