Starbucks Corp. has requested its adviser Houlihan Lokey to evaluate curiosity for its UK operations, the Occasions reported Saturday.
The espresso chain continues to “consider strategic choices” for its company-owned worldwide operations, the newspaper reported, with out specifying the way it obtained the data.
A Starbucks spokesperson advised Bloomberg it “isn’t in a proper sale course of for the corporate’s UK enterprise.”
The UK is Starbucks’ largest market in Europe, the Center East and Africa. As of final 12 months, it had 1,000 shops in Britain, with 297 company-owned and 703 run by licensees, the corporate stated in a monetary report for the fiscal 12 months ending in October 2021.
Whole income was £328 million ($389 million) for the fiscal 12 months, and Starbucks UK Espresso had repaid in full a £25 million mortgage from its mum or dad firm to offset losses from decreased gross sales through the first months of the coronavirus pandemic, it stated.
Whereas the espresso chain skilled a rebound in income after Covid-19 lockdowns eased within the UK, it stated the monetary efficiency of company-owned shops had not recovered to pre-pandemic ranges. Workplace, journey and inner-city shops had lagged different places. Starbucks opened 14 new firm shops throughout fiscal 12 months 2021 and closed 5, it stated.
Earlier this 12 months, market researcher Allegra Group stated espresso chains within the UK will take 4 years to recuperate from the Covid stoop.