Crepeaffaire has confirmed plans for two new UK openings this year – as well as three in the Middle East.
The allday creperie concept will open in Newcastle’s Eldon Square Shopping Centre and Brighton’s East Street in November on a site currently occupied by Pret a Manger, which is moving to a larger location.
Crepeaffaire is also opening three new stories in Kuwait over the next 12 months at shopping centres in addition to its one existing unit in the Gulf state.
The Daniel Spinath-founded group is also working on a major development plan which will include more than ten Crepeaffaire stores in a second Middle Eastern country, MCA has learned.
A further three London sites are also planned but have yet to be signed off.
Spinath said: “This on the back of outstanding results during 2016. Like for like sales were up double digits in the first quarter of 2016, up close to 20%.
“There’s a great deal of confidence in the brands and we’re working on not only geographical expansion but also new product initiatives.”
Meanwhile wine bar concept Frizzenti, which is also founded by Daniel Spinath and has one bar in Birmingham, is due to open five to eight of its FIZZ! Bar concepts over the next 18 months in shopping malls or travel interchanges.
Earlier this year Andrew Guy MBE, chief executive of Ed’s Easy Diner and chairman of the Coaching Inn Group, joined Crepeaffaire and Frizzenti as nonexecutive chairman.
In May Crepeaffaire, which opened its first site in London in 2004, reported net sales rising 28% to £3m for the year ending 31 December with group EBITDA (before head office costs) rising 73% to £720k.