Italian coffee firm Lavazza has revealed plans to open 400 new coffee shops as it gears up to take on the likes of Costa and Starbuck's.
The company currently only has one standalone store in Manchester's Trafford Centre, with a concession in Harrod's. Its coffee is also supplied at Wetherspoon pubs throughout the country.
The firm said it would open five more of its Lavazza Espression stores in the coming months, with another 50 over three years, with the help of property consultant Cushman & Wakefield.
The move would bring Lavazza close to par with Caffe Nero's current level - it has 500 sites. Costa currently has 1,200, while Starbuck's has 760.