SA Brain has appointed Jonathan Havenhand, formerly of Casual Dining Group, to head up the acquisitions and estate management of its Coffee#1 brand, MCA has learnt.

Havenhand, who spent seven years as acquisitions director at CDG, will be charged with continuing the rollout of the brand, which recently opened its 84th store in Shaftesbury, Dorset.

Havenhand said: “Having visited a number of Coffee#1 stores and acquired a feel for the brand, it is clear there is huge scope for future openings and geographical expansion. I’m joining a team with a proven track record of successful acquisition and am looking forward to supporting the considerable ambition they have for future expansion.”

Bruce Newman, director of Coffee#1, said: “I am confident that Coffee#1 continues to offer UK coffee lovers a unique experience, that will be well received in new locations as we target our next major milestone of 100-stores. Having spent some time with Jonathan in recent weeks it is clear that he has the experience and skills we require to help us realise our growth ambitions. I am greatly looking forward to working with Jonathan and fully exploring the many options for site acquisition available to the brand.”