Costa expands Russian operations as coffee market begins to percolate

Costa Coffee, one of the UK’s most successful chains of coffee shops, has announced that its Russian partner Rosinter Restaurants is to open outlets across Russia  under a sub-franchise agreement. Partners who sign up to  the franchise will be required to open at least three Costa Coffee locations in formats including free-standing stores and  food courts. In a seemingly unrelated development, Russia’s  fastest growing coffee house chain Chocolate Girl has completed the acquisition of its nearest competitor Coffee House to create a network of nearly 650 0utlets. rbth