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Coffee Shop Franchises

Starbucks, It's a Grind, and Caribou, to name a few. This franchising article discusses things to consider when buying coffee shop franchises. If you like coffee, coffee franchises can be a great way to make a living.

The widespread demand for coffee products has helped launch one of the most dominant buying trends of the past decade.

Coffee Shop Franchises

The fact that more than 77% of Americans consume coffee in one form or another has not gone unnoticed by the franchising industry. Not surprisingly, coffee houses are now one of the hottest and most popular franchise opportunities on the market.

Starbuck's has been at the forefront of the coffee house juggernaut. But it might surprise you to learn that Starbuck's does not offer franchises to individuals. Even so, there are plenty of coffee shop companies that do offer franchise opportunities to individuals, many of which are capable of giving your local Starbuck's a run for their money.

Tim Horton's is a perfect example of a coffee shop franchise that has challenged Starbuck's domination of the coffee shop market. Tim Horton's got its start in Canada in 1964. Its founder was a former professional hockey player who capitalized on his name and his ability to sell coffee and related food products. In 1974, Horton was killed in a car accident and control of the company was transferred to his partner, Ron Joyce. Recently, the Tim Horton franchise has expanded beyond its Canadian roots to penetrate the U.S. market.

Points to Consider

  • The coffee shop industry is not for the faint of heart. Although the market is glutted with competition, there is always room for another entrepreneur with the guts and determination to earn a profit. If you decide to purchase a coffee shop franchise, you will encounter intense competition. Know what makes your coffee shop different and be prepared to market it accordingly.
  • As you might expect, good coffee is vital to the success of a coffee shop franchise. As such, your franchise will only be as good as the coffee you serve. In many cases, franchisors supply coffee and other products to their franchisees. However, this isn't always the case. Make sure your franchise will be able to tap into a reliable source of high quality coffee beans before you commit to anything.

Franchise Opportunities

  • Tim Horton's. Tim Horton's is one of the fastest growing coffee shop franchises in North America. With more than 2,000 Canadian franchises in 2003, the company is eager to expand its locations in the U.S.
  • Maui Wowi. Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies began in 1983 by offering fresh fruit smoothies, long before they were an established product in the marketplace. They since expanded their line to include coffee drinks and other traditional coffee house products. In 2005, the company had 350 franchise locations in the U.S.
  • It's A Grind. It's A Grind Coffee House was founded in 1995 by the husband and wife team of Marty Cox and Louise Montgomery. Featuring a blues and jazz theme, It's A Grind currently has 50 established locations and a 150+ in development.
  • Chock Full O' Nuts. Chock Full O' Nuts is one of several coffee manufacturers who have entered the field of coffee shop franchising. Other coffee manufacturers who have added coffee kiosk franchises include Folgers and Maxwell House.

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