The number of branded coffee and sandwich shops in the UK is set to increase to more than 8,000 outlets in the next five years, according to new market research.
Analyst firm Key Note predicts there will be 3,800 branded coffee shops in operation by 2015, while the amount of branded sandwich shops will grow to 4,511 over the next five years.
That will represent an expansion of more than 22% compared to 2010 figures.
Keynote predicts that economic stabilisation over the coming 12 months will prompt a number of larger operators to concentrate on expansion again, possibly at the expense of some of the smaller, independent chains.
Key Note’s latest data shows that in 2010, the top 12 brands of coffee shops had 3,041 outlets between them, while the top 12 brands of sandwich shops totalled 3,748.
The market currently remains dominated by the coffee chains Starbucks, Costa and Caffè Nero and the sandwich chains Greggs and Subway.
The company said expansion of the market had been “rapid and prolonged”, with the saturated London market forcing brands to focus on opening outlets in other parts of the country.