UK coffee shop operator Coffee Republic is to rebrand its outlets as delicatessen-style cafes, under the Republic Deli banner. The company plans to sell around 15 of its portfolio of 75 stores, and over time all the remaining stores will be rebadged as Republic Delis, with a greater emphasis on food than on coffee. Coffee Republic chairman Bobby Hashemi told Dow Jones Newswires that a pilot carried out at one of the company's central London locations had proved successful.