Gloria Jean’s has signed a multi-unit development agreement with new franchise partner, Kishor Kaneria and his nephew, Parth. The agreement will bring at least five new Gloria Jean’s Coffees locations to the Raleigh, North Carolina region, beginning with a kiosk location inside the brand new RDU Galleria, just south of the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, slated to open in early 2020.
The RDU Galleria is a three-story, 30,000 square foot building located just a few hundred yards away from a new Shell gas station. The Galleria is designed to provide a unique mix of convenient services for travelers including multiple dining choices. This new Gloria Jean’s Coffees location will join KFC, Pizza Hut, Wayback Burgers, and Which Which on the ground floor of the building, making it the perfect pitstop for travelers looking to fuel up and grab a quick bite or a gourmet cup of coffee. The largest mall-based retailer of specialty coffee in the world, Gloria Jean’s Coffees is reinvigorating its growth strategy by exploring a wider scope of non-traditional real estate opportunities such as this new food court location in Raleigh.
“We’re thrilled to grow our North Carolina footprint with such savvy franchisees as the Kanerias with this brand-new kiosk concept that is ideal for a food court setting,” says Laina Sullivan, Gloria Jean’s Coffees’ director of Franchise Development. “Gloria Jean’s has done exceptionally well in malls and we are enthusiastic about expanding into other real estate avenues where guests can easily enjoy a cup of Gloria Jean’s specialty coffee while on the go.”
With a simple operations model and low cost of entry, Gloria Jean’s Coffees presents an ideal franchise choice for both new and experienced franchisees who possess an entrepreneurial spirit, a creative local store marketing mindset, and a passion for serving an amazing cup of coffee. The flexibility of Gloria Jean’s Coffees’ store design allows franchisees to adapt their coffee houses to a broad range of formats and parcels from kiosks to drive-thrus.
“With decades of franchise experience, there is very specific criteria we require when choosing a brand to partner with, and Gloria Jean’s checked off all our boxes,” says Parth Kaneria. “We are thrilled to offer Gloria Jean’s exceptional coffee creations to travelers flying in and out of RDU International and we’re confident the concept will do extremely well in this high-traffic setting.”
Serving gourmet coffee in the United States since 1979, there are currently 60 locations in operation with several scheduled to open by the end of 2020. Gloria Jean’s sources 100 percent of its coffees directly from exotic locations across the globe, with every bean roasted in its Southern California headquarters which includes a private test kitchen for ongoing R&D and a full roasting and processing facility managed by the company’s two roasters.