Costa Coffee is a huge presence on UK shores – and some in hospitality jobs may already realise that it has a big global presence, too.
In half a decade of fast growth the brand has opened 150 international outlets annually, on average.
Having originated in London back in the early 1970s, today it is the world's second biggest coffee shop chain.
It's also the biggest coffee chain in Europe, and has just given word that it's going to expand further into the Spanish mainland. It's planned that the first ever Costa in Spain – other than in airports – is going to open its doors soon in Malaga.
Costa, owned by Whitbread PLC, had signed up to a pair of regional franchise agreements with The Coffee Company Spain Limited and Sandpiper Iberia. The brand already has an airport partner, Airfoods.
A famed coffee brand, Costa has operations in 30 nations and over 2,800 stores around the world.
“Costa is a truly global brand that is enjoyed by customers all over the world. It is great news that we’re extending our presence in Spain, an exciting market where there is already an established coffee culture," said International Franchise managing director Andy Marshall.
He said Costa thinks it's now the appropriate time for people in Spain to get the chance to enjoy Costa's "Mocha Italia blend and quality handcrafted coffee".
The brand expects to open a significant number of further stores during the next few years, he added.
“We now have three great partners in Sandpiper Iberia, The Coffee Company Spain Limited and Airfoods, and we look forward to working with them to deliver this exciting opportunity," he added.
Just as in the UK, Costa's big competition in Spain includes Starbucks – which just happens to be the biggest coffee chain in the world.
Berkeley Scott is a specialist recruitment agency providing hospitality employment solutions.