April 12, 2013 // Franchising.com // New Orleans, LA - PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans (PJ’s) is proud to announce the opening of several new locations in New Orleans and the region. The coffee company opened six new units in 2012, an 11% growth since 2011, with a focus on expansion in non-traditional sectors. New retail locations include Stennis Space Center; the New Orleans International Airport; L’Auberge Casino; Ochsner Baptist Hospital; Houma, LA; Chartres Street; El Dorado, AR; as well as a partnership with Robert’s Fresh Market in New Orleans, to name a few. The company has already opened eight new locations in 2013 and expects to open ten more stores by end of year.
“This year marks the 35th anniversary of PJ’s Coffee,” says Paul Ballard, owner of Ballard Brands, the parent company that operates PJ’s. “We’re extremely proud of where we’ve come from and where we’re going – expanding in new markets outside of New Orleans, non-traditional sectors, and rolling out new products. It’s an exciting time for the company.”
One area of focus for the company is non-traditional growth, such as casinos, hospitals, universities, hotels, military bases, and airports. Two of its non-traditional models on Tulane University’s campus have been hugely successful – both in the top 5 grossing retail locations of all PJ’s stores.
“There’s a demand for great coffee in locations where there’s no room for that traditional coffee shop model PJ’s customers are used to,” says Ballard. “We hope to leverage the non-traditional model to get the PJ’s brand out there nationally.”
Additionally, PJ’s has become the brand standard for Royal Sonesta hotels nationwide.
PJ’s Coffee fans will now be able to purchase their favorite coffee at grocery stores with the launch of PJ’s single serve coffee cups. The cups will come in four roasts – Carnival Blend, French Roast, Hazelnut and Decaf and are also available at all PJ’s locations.
PJ’s roast master Felton Jones says, “Single serve is an aggressive, growing segment in the coffee industry. We have evolved with it; we are doing so without sacrificing taste.”
PJ’s single serve coffee cups will be available at PJ’s locations on April 10th and in select grocery stores on April 15th.
Consumers can enjoy PJ’s coffee and fresh pastries at the following new locations opened in 2012 and recently in 2013:
2013 Projected Openings:
For more information, visit www.pjscoffee.com. For franchising information, visit www.pjsfranchise.com.
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PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans was founded in 1978 by Phyllis Jordan, a pioneer in the coffee industry that demonstrated that better beans, superior roasting techniques, and pure passion for the art of coffee-making mattered. PJ’s Coffee serves a wide variety of hot, iced and frozen coffee beverages using only the top 1% of Arabica beans, as well as organic tea and fresh breakfast pastries. PJ’s famous iced coffees are brewed daily using a special cold-drip process that protects the flavor and strength of the beans, while producing a coffee that is 2/3 less acidic – a process pioneered by our founder. Bags of whole bean coffee and single serve cups of PJ’s Coffee are available for sale in-store and online.
SOURCE PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans
Jennifer Bond | Emily Reimsnyder