Harris + Hoole, the coffee chop joint venture from Tesco and Taylor St Barista, is set to significantly increase its footprint inside the M25 after securing the leases of 13 former Clinton Cards stores from administrators Zolfo Cooper. The chain, which opened it first site last month in Amersham and has sites lined up in Ruislip and Uxbridge, is understood to have agreed to take on the leases of sites in locations such as Crouch End and Twickenham as part of the deal. Earlier this week, M&C Report revealed that the business, in which Tesco has a 49% stake, had appointed former SSP operations director Peter Davies as chief operating officer and Eleni Savva, who heads up the group management reporting team at the supermarket giant, as finance director. The new stores will be converted to the format described by the group as “an artisan high quality coffee venture”. The group is currently targeting affluent locations inside the M25 for its initial expansion. Taylor St, which was founded in 2006 by brothers Andrew and Nick Tolley with their sister Laura, currently operates six sites spread across the capital – Canary Wharf Bank, Mayfair, Liverpool St, Richmond, Shoreditch – plus a further outlet in Brighton. Toolley said that Harris + Hoole was a “long term play” by Tesco to test the coffee-on-the-go market, however the stores will not carry any Tesco branding and will be operated by Taylor St.