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Retail Spotlight: New to SnapShop – Retailers Heading to the UK

 

Posted At: 19 May 2014 14:00 PM
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A variety of retailers have announced plans to expand into the UK market over the last couple of months, many of which we have recently added to SnapShop. Here’s a taster of who we can expect to see hitting our high streets…

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Muzz Buzz

Who they are: Muzz Buzz is an Australian drive-through coffee concept, currently operating 60 stores. Hand-made coffee is served fresh to drivers alongside a full ‘food to go’ offering, with stores designed to be easily accessible and highly efficient.

What their plans are: In a joint venture with their Australian parent, the UK company is planning to open its first units in the UK in mid-2014.

In the news:
Muzz Buzz plots UK regional roll-out  

Potbelly Sandwich Shop

Who they are: Launched in Chicago in the ‘70s, Potbelly Sandwich Shop is a middle of the market sandwich and snack food offering, operating over 300 sites in the US. Taking its name from the 19th century ‘potbelly’ stoves which communities gathered around, the brand has an emphasis on freshness and value.

What their plans are: Having already expanded through franchising into the Middle East, Potbelly is looking to do the same into the UK.

In the News:
Potbelly seeks UK franchise partnerships
 

Earthbar

Who they are: Launched within Los Angeles health clubs and expanding to standalone stores, Earthbar offers a range of power smoothies and healthy salads and soups, in addition to selling a variety of health supplements and vitamins.

What their plans are: In May 2014 Earthbar announced that they are looking to launch in the UK through a franchise partnerships model. 

HEMA

Who they are: HEMA is a Dutch discount retail chain which started life as a dime store in the 1920s and offers a range of clothing, beauty, home and garden, and food and drink products at the lower end of the price scale. Since the 1990s, HEMA has expanded into neighbouring countries, and currently has a presence in Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and France, as well as the Netherlands.

What their plans are: In March this year, HEMA announced the opening of their first UK stores this Summer in London, with further expansion into the UK planned.

In the News:
HEMA plans UK launch
HEMA to open first UK stores this summer

It’s positive to see a great variety of retailers looking to enter the UK market, both newer and more-established names. With this seeming surge, particularly within the F&B sector, which we are seeing significant growth continuing in, it is vital for brands entering the UK to make sure their offerings are well-defined and that they have the right growth and location strategies to maximise the opportunities presented by this market.

As leading UK retail business consultants, FSP offers a range of services to retailers to help drive their success. Find out more.

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