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US-based Dunn Brothers Coffee acquired by Gala Capital Partners

The coffee chain, which operates 59 stores across seven US states, has been acquired by private investment firm Gala Capital Partners and is targeting growth in the US alongside potential international expansion

Dunn Brothers Coffee currently operates 59 franchised stores across seven US states | Photo credit: Dunn Brothers Coffee


Minnesota-based Dunn Brothers Coffee has been acquired by Gala Capital Partners for an undisclosed sum, with the private investment firm saying it will leverage its experience to bring the franchised coffee chain ‘to the rest of the world’. 

Formed in 1987, Dunn Brothers Coffee currently operates 59 franchised stores across Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Texas and Missouri.  

The company promotes itself as differing from other US café chains by roasting coffee daily in each of its outlets. It also sells packaged coffee in-store. 

“Gala Capital Partners aims to add value through their multi-concept portfolio, applying their deep experience as both a franchisee/operator as well as the franchisor. Having been both a franchisee and a franchisor, they understand what makes for a strong, collaborative, and profitable business for both. We’re excited for the opportunity to continue to build the Dunn Brothers brand with them,” said Kim Plahn, President, Dunn Brothers Coffee. 

Based in Los Angeles, Gala Capital Partners manages 18 hospitality-focused brands, including several operators, such as restaurant chains Dillas Primo Quesadilla, Cicis Pizza, Mooyah Burgers and Jack in the Box.  

“We believe Dunn Brothers is the best-kept secret in the coffee segment and we look forward to working with the management team and franchise partners to bring this great product and brand to the rest of the world,” said Anand Gala, Managing Partner, Gala Capital Partners. 

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