Canada-based coffee shop Second Cup is to open in Manchester today, as part of global expansion plans. 

The company will open a 2,500sq ft flagship location on two levels in Manchester city centre with a capacity for 65 people.

Jim Ragas, president of Second Cup International, said: “Second Cup cafés are designed to be a second home —there’s plenty of space with plenty of varied seating for relaxation or work.

"Our cafés are designed to make everyone feel at home. Whether they are students, businesspeople, families, or just wanting to relax and have a drink or hungry for great food – Second Cup is their place!”

Masood Akbarzai, franchise partner and director of Akbarzai Business Associates UK in Manchester, said: “I am very honoured to bring the Second Cup Café brand to Manchester and excited by the enthusiasm we have already received from the local community.”

The Second Cup coffee café concept began in 1975 in Toronto, Canada and its international expansion started in 2003. It has since opened cafés in places such as Dubai, Egypt, Kuwait, the USA, Cyprus, Romania, Lebanon, Morocco, Pakistan and Ghana.