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Dunn Brothers Coffee eyes 250 new stores across the US by 2029

The 50-store chain will focus on scaling its footprint in the states of Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri and Texas and is eyeing opportunities to open first stores in Kansas and Oklahoma

Expansion will initially focus on Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas | Photo credit: Dunn Brothers Coffee


Minnesota-based Dunn Brothers Coffee has announced ambitious plans to open 250 stores over the next five years. 

Founded in 1987, Dunn Brothers Coffee roasts small batches in each of its 50 outlets across Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin.  

In August 2023, the Gala Capital Partners-owned coffee chain appointed former Black Rifle Coffee Company Chief Operating Officer Scott Harvey as its new President to lead franchise development and oversee the implementation of its smaller format and drive-thru stores. 

In a press release, Dunn Brothers Coffee said it has five new stores in its immediate pipeline and confirmed it will roll-out a network of drive-thru only sites to accelerate outlet growth across new states.  

Expansion will initially focus on the Interstate 35 Corridor which runs from Minnesota through Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.  

“We have a legacy of quality and keeping that as our north star allows us to bridge generations. For many communities, access to quality coffee has been limited, or even nonexistent, but we see an opportunity to change that,” Harvey said.  


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Dunn Brothers Coffee is one of several midsize US coffee chains seeking to build on high regional brand awareness by scaling across new states.

Colorado-based Ziggi’s Coffee and Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii are planning to open 50 and 20 net new stores in 2024 respectively. Ziggi’s Coffee recently debuted in the US states of New Hampshire and Maine while Bad Ass Coffee signed a deal to open its first stores in Wisconsin in April 2024. 

Additionally, Utah-based Beans & Brews Coffeehouse opened its first site in Texas in January 2024 and is eyeing growth in states including Missouri and New Mexico, while 60-store Foxtail Coffee recently added to its Florida and Georgia footprint with a first store in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

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