Coffee Republic, the coffee and deli bar operator, has announced it has signed an agreement with CR Direct for two UK regional development franchises. The agreement gives CR Direct the right to develop Coffee Republic delis and recruit franchisees to operate these sites in Yorkshire, Nottingham shire and North Lincolnshire. The company announced on 9 November that it had signed an agreement with CR Direct to develop Coffee Republic branded coffee and deli operations within Family Entertainment Centres nationwide. Steven Bartlett, chief executive, said: “We are pleased to have agreed further partnering deals with CR Direct. In a short time their business contacts and dynamic approach have generated a highly encouraging level of franchisee interest.”