Posted on Tuesday 10 July 2018 by Ulster Business

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Easycoffee - led by Northern Ireland man Nathan Lowry - is to open up to a dozen new outlets here next year, writes Emma Deighan.

The arrival of the chain, which already has eight units in England, follows a £10m investment in the franchise operation, part of the Easy empire.

But the chain would not say if it's planning to open on the ground floor of its sister brand easyHotel in Belfast city centre.

EasyHotel had been due to open on Howard Street with a cafe on the ground floor, but has run into difficulties over getting the appropriate certification from Tourism NI for its smaller-than-usual bedrooms.

A spokeswoman for easyCoffee said: "They are actively looking for an entrepreneurial franchisee and have several meetings lined up in the coming weeks.

"Once an agreement is in place then the sites will be confirmed. The roll-out is planned for spring 2019 and could be up to a dozen easyCoffee stores/outlets."

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