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Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii progresses expansion plans with Arizona agreements

Deals to open eight new stores in the southwest US state form part of the Colorado-based coffee chain’s plans to reach 180 outlets by 2028

Multi-unit franchisees comprise more than 70% of the coffee chain’s 33-store network | Photo credit: Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii


Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii has announced two new multi-unit franchise agreements to expand its presence in the US state of Arizona. 

The Colorado-based coffee chain currently operates two stores in Arizona and said the deals highlight the ‘tremendous growth potential’ within the state. 

Existing franchisees Aaron and Lisa Rutter have signed a five-store agreement to open outlets in the cities of Chandler and Phoenix, with the first site set to open in the third quarter of 2024.  

Multi-unit franchisees currently comprise more than 70% of Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii’s 33-store network.  

The coffee chain has also announced a three-unit agreement to expand its presence in the Scottsdale-North Phoenix market, with the first store of the deal expected to open in the Summer of 2024. 

The Arizona agreements strengthen Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii’s bid to reach 180 outlets by 2028. The brand has sold approximately 100 units to franchise partners so far this year. 

“The development and opening of new stores in the greater Phoenix area represent a significant step forward in our southwest growth strategy. With untapped markets across Arizona, we’re on the fast-track to aggressive statewide development,” said Scott Snyder, CEO, Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii.   

Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii reported the increased momentum of its franchise expansion strategy as the key contributor to strong like-for-like sales growth in the first half of 2023. The Colorado-based coffee chain achieved 23% year-on-year sales growth in the six months ended 30 June 2023, with its top 25% performing stores averaging net sales above $1.2m during the period. 

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