Expansion for Costa

Costa Coffee has opened its 100th store in Mall of the Emirates, with openings expected at Festival City and plans for further outlets in Karachi.

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By  Lynne Nolan Published  May 4, 2006

Costa Coffee has marked its Middle East landmark with the recent opening of its 100th outlet in the Gulf. His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, chairman and CEO of Emirates Group, officiated at the event at the Mall of the Emirates in Dubai. “I am delighted to inaugurate Costa’s 100th retail outlet in the region. This marks a significant milestone in Costa’s international operations, and its testimony to a successful partnership with MMI,” said Sheikh Ahmed. Founded by two Italian brothers, Sergio and Bruno Costa in 1971, Costa Coffee started a wholesale operation supplying roasted coffee to caterers and specialist Italian coffee shops in the UK. However, it wasn’t until 1999 that Costa signed an agreement with MMI to open its first store in the UAE, at the Aviation Club. Since then, 26 more outlets have been unveiled across the UAE, with Costa hoping to have 50 outlets in the emirates by 2010. Despite opening its 100th store in Mall of the Emirates, MMI is to continue its expansion, with openings expected in Dubai Festival City, and following the opening of its first outlet in Karachi last year, additional outlets are planned for the city. “Costa’s operation outside the UK has grown tremendously in the past decade. Dubai was our first overseas venture seven years ago, and today Costa has left its mark, not just across the UAE, but across the Gulf,” said Mark Phillips, managing director, Costa Coffee.

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