Internet café expands links

Internet caf&#233 chain the Internet Exchange is embarking on an expansion programme to quadruple its number of outlets across the UK over the next 18 months.

Internet café chain the Internet Exchange is embarking on an expansion programme to quadruple its number of outlets across the UK over the next 18 months. Each store will incorporate a new retail concept created by the group’s in-house design team.

Internet Exchange currently has 12 sites. It will open an additional ten shops including sites in Cardiff, York, Bath, Gatwick and Stansted Airports by January 2000, and a further 30 next year. Discussions are also underway to open franchise stores in Germany, Italy and France in the future.

“We’ve made a deliberate move away from the clinical, high-tech image for which Internet cafés are renowned, making them more approachable and inviting,” says IE operations director Mark Roberts.

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