Esquires Coffee Houses, a Canadian coffee store chain, is gearing up for global expansion of its retail network in markets, including China, Turkey and Kuwait.

The company claimed that a Yunnan province-based state-owned franchisee will launch nearly 150 outlets in China over the next three years.

Esquires owners Stuart and Lewis Deeks also co-own Franchise Development, which holds the rights for more than 50 Esquire Coffee Houses around the world including in Asia, the Middle East and Britain.

In an interview with The New Zealand Herald, Esquires Coffee Houses co-owner Stuart Deeks noted that the partnership with the Chinese franchisee is like having Auckland Council as a franchisee.

The chain currently operates 11 shops in China.

Esquires Coffee has also forged an alliance with Turkey-based franchisee to open about 50 coffee houses in the country.

In the Middle East, Esquires operates one store in Bahrain two sites in the UAE and nine stores in Saudi Arabia.

Esquires Coffee is set to launch its first store in Kuwait this week.