Cooks Coffee, the operator of the Esquires and Triple Two brands, is planning to open seven new coffee shops before the end of March.

The latest outlet under Esquires opened in Brackley, Northamptonshire, with openings to follow in Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Bedfordshire.

Triple Two is also focused on a number of expansion opportunities, with three new stores currently planning to open in London and Southern England before the end of March 2023.

Cooks Coffee reported strong sales growth in the UK, up 41% on 2021, with store sales in Ireland up by 91%.

The company has focused its efforts on driving sales volumes through its existing estate before embarking on a store expansion programme.

Group sites in the UK and Ireland are currently at 85 up from 82 sites as at 31 December 2021.

The Company’s financial year end is 31 March and the results for the year ended 31 March 2023 will be announced by 30 June 2023.

Keith Jackson, executive chairman of Cooks Coffee Company, said: “These café sales results highlight the resurgence and growth of the business and in this instance surpass those published by other industry leaders.

“The Cooks Coffee franchise model promotes individual entrepreneurship and local community engagement, which appears to be resonating both with people who want to partner with us to open new sites and existing franchisees looking to grow their businesses through innovative new offerings. Having emerged from the pandemic in a healthy position, the Company is now focused on organic growth of the existing network.”

Cooks Coffee is dual listed on the Aquis Growth Market in London and the NZX in New Zealand.