Waitrose will open its first store in Bahrain in December.

The supermarket, which already operates two stores in Dubai, has confirmed plans to extend its footprint in the Middle East by the end of the year. A 22,000 sq ft store will open in the country’s northeast under a license agreement with Fine Fare Food Market.

The news comes after Waitrose in March announced plans for new stores in Oman and Abu Dhabi as well as Bahrain.

“We’re currently working together to find more suitable locations in the region, with the aim of opening more shops in the Middle East,” MD Mark Price told the Daily Telegraph.

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