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Scooter’s Coffee appoints John Owen as Chief Operating Officer

The former McDonald’s and Subway executive will be responsible for generating sales growth and new opportunities for franchisees as Scooter’s seeks to reach 1,000 stores by the end of the year 

John Owen has held senior roles at McDonald’s Subway during his 30-year career | Photo credit: Scooter’s Coffee

Nebraska-based Scooter’s Coffee has appointed restaurant industry veteran John Owen as Chief Operating Officer. 


In a press release, the 750-store drive-thru coffee chain said Owen will advance its strategic sales and service goals, working with franchisees to expand capacity and lead significant sales growth. 


“As we continue to set our sights on expanding our brand’s footprint and providing world-class coffee and customer service, we are delighted John has joined our Scooter’s Coffee family. I am confident John’s alignment with our core values and his extensive industry experience will allow us to build upon our brand promise to customers and help us drive sales and excellence in operation,” said Joe Thornton, CEO, Scooter’s Coffee. 


Owen has more than 30 years’ restaurant industry experience, holding senior roles including Vice President of Strategy and Execution at McDonald’s and President and CEO of Subway Russia. 

He is the third senior appointment for Scooter’s Coffee in 2024, following Nick Jarecke as Chief Supply Chain Officer and Susan Tegt as Chief Legal Officer. The drive-thru coffee chain is seeking to open 250 stores this year to reach 1,000 sites by the end of the year. 

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