Innovative coffee franchise continues to expand national footprint as community-minded entrepreneurs fall in love with the concept
Many people come to Nashville, Tennessee, looking to jumpstart their careers as songwriters on Music Row, but Dee Chernicky came for the coffee.
An experienced entrepreneur based in Northwest Florida, Chernicky was thinking about opening an independent coffee shop in her community when she decided to investigate the buzzy Nashville coffee scene for ideas. It didn’t take her long to discover Just Love Coffee franchise – and before she knew it, she fell in love.
It’s easy to see why. Just Love Coffee franchise is the perfect business for community-minded entrepreneurs who want to serve exceptional coffee, an innovative full daypart menu cooked on a waffle iron and give people a place to gather, enjoy, work and relax – day-in and day-out.
Cherniky just celebrated the grand opening of her first Just Love Franchise location in Destin, Florida, and her local newspaper, The Destin Log was on hand to cover the event. Here are some highlights from the article:
Customers poured into the bright, open-concept cafe early opening morning to get a taste of the franchise’s two main offerings, coffee and waffles. Dee Chernicky, former owner of Shake’s Frozen Custard in Destin, opened Just Love after seeing a need for larger coffee shops in the area for meetings and small gatherings.
Chernicky, whose son owns Tango 3 Coffee Company in Niceville, said it was while on a trip to Nashville to learn about the area’s coffee shops that she stumbled upon the Just Love Coffee franchise. A local pastor, Chernicky then decided to ditch the idea of an independent cafe and move forward with starting Just Love in Northwest Florida.
“Just Love Coffee is an upscale coffee cafe with a stage so we can have live music,” Chernicky said. “The atmosphere is really nice. It’s 3,600 square feet and inside and out we can seat 110 to 120.
“It’s the Christian lifestyle that we are about,” she continued. “We’ll have open mic night and Bible trivia.”
Just Love Coffee is unlike anything else in the booming coffee shop segment
Founded in 2009 as an online coffee service to help raise funds for families seeking to adopt children, Just Love Coffee Cafe has blossomed into a franchise concept with multiple locations open in the fast growing metropolitan area of Nashville, Tennessee. Led by an executive team with proven experience in growing franchise systems, Just Love Coffee Cafe is an opportunity for first-time and experienced entrepreneurs, as well as savvy investors to get in on the ground floor of the most exciting investment opportunity in the $12 billion U.S. coffee shop industry.
“Just Love Coffee & Eatery is truly unlike other coffee shop experiences on the market today,” says Robb Webb, CEO and founder of Just Love Coffee. “Most coffee shops are directed toward the connoisseurs, while Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts have a product for the masses. We fill the niche that is somewhere in the middle, which is currently wide open and needs some disruption. Our coffee can satisfy the elitist of coffee connoisseurs — we can tell them the story of how we source the beans, how we only buy fair trade coffee through reputable third market vendors and how we then roast our beans by hand — but our customer service can satisfy the person whose preference is a cup of Folgers. There’s so much room to grow, as far as the market, that I really see Just Love Coffee Cafe taking off this year and beyond. We hope to be in hundreds of communities in the coming years because we know that there is a wide open space for us to succeed.”
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Willingness to grab additional markets from the outset indicates enthusiasm for the brand and commitment to establishing a strong regional footprint
One of the best indicators of a franchise brand’s strength is the size of the multi-unit ownership pool. As the thinking goes, if someone is interested enough to buy more than one location at the outset, or to quickly expand into a second location and beyond, the brand is on very solid footing.
Consider, then, that one-third of Just Love Coffee franchise owners have plans to open at least two locations — and they arranged to have that expansion capability locked in from the outset. Given the relative newness of the franchise, that’s a remarkable number.
Opportunity to control a wider area
For franchise owner Thomas Scott, who has two Just Love Coffee locations in the greater Nashville metro area and soon will bring a third online in nearby Spring Hill, Tennessee, it’s good economics.
“For me, it was about scale,” Scott explains. “I purchased two existing locations at once, and I knew that if they performed well, I would want to expand my footprint. Nashville is a rapidly growing community, as is all of Middle Tennessee. By taking additional markets on early, and then making plans to build them out over time, I was able to create a much more comprehensive strategy for growth while also protecting my market share.”
Markets offer solid expansion opportunities
Being able to have that kind of flexibility within a given market is important to entrepreneurs as they look to become franchise owners, adds D.J. Smith, Marketing Director.
“People who decide to open a Just Love are excited about the concept and get what a different kind of specialty coffee venue this is,” he says. “They are eager to get the doors open on that first location, and at the same time, they want to think ahead about a second or third site. Our territories are designed so that owners have a very strong voice in where, and when, Just Love Coffee franchises appear in their community.”
After the launch of two successful locations in Nashville and Brentwood, Tennessee, one of the hottest cities in the nation, Just Love Coffee is primed for expansion in 2019. Led by an executive team with proven experience in growing franchise systems, Just Love Coffee & Eatery is an ideal investment for new and experienced entrepreneurs who want to get in on the ground floor of the most exciting business opportunity in the $12 billion U.S. coffee shop industry.
Breakfast and other options appeal to patrons throughout the day, bringing them in, keeping them longer and boosting ticket totals
Convenience is the watchword for people who want their coffee fix and want it fast. That’s why the demand for specialty coffee shops has never been higher. Coffee-only venues, however, can’t capitalize on another consumer demand: food. A Just Love Coffee franchise can, however, and that’s why the brand continues to grow across the United States.
“While many people want to run in, grab their coffee and head out to their next destination, lots of others want to grab breakfast, lunch or a snack,” explains D.J. Smith, Marketing Director. “Just Love’s fun, accessible and all-day menu adds to our outstanding coffee selections to meet the needs of both consumer sets.”
Capturing the underserved AM eatery segment
While other brands do offer food, it’s usually heavy on the dessert side, or it’s prepackaged sandwiches and salads. Every Just Love Coffee franchise, on the other hand, has a wide array of sandwiches, salads and entrees that works for breakfast or any other meal.
“People like to eat breakfast out once a week, sometimes more often than that,” Smith says. “They want to find a place where they can get great food, and also their coffee beverage of choice. A Just Love handles both requests and also gives them a relaxing, friendly place to hang out while they enjoy their meal. That sets us apart in a big way from other specialty coffee brands.”
Food offerings lead to higher ticket totals
In addition, having a menu that works throughout the day means that someone coming in just for a coffee might opt to get lunch, as well, or to pick something up to take home. The result is an expanded opportunity to boost every ticket total all day long.
“Just Love’s coffee and food menus are designed to work well together, so that someone who’s looking at one can find something equally tempting on the other,” Smith says. “By offering coffee and food, and doing it in a way that’s organic and planned, Just Love gives every franchise owner the opportunity to see a steady stream of business and revenue from open to close every day.”
After the launch of two successful locations in Brentwood, Tennessee, and Nashville, one of the hottest cities in the nation, Just Love Coffee is primed for expansion in 2019. Led by an executive team with proven experience in growing franchise systems, Just Love Coffee is an ideal investment for new and experienced entrepreneurs who want to get in on the ground floor of the most exciting business opportunity in the $12 billion U.S. coffee shop industry.
Ongoing evolution and growth strategy insights are high points of annual meeting designed to connect owners and foster collaboration
Annual conferences, no matter what the industry, can be long and boring. Or they can be short, informative and energizing, as was the recently wrapped Just Love Coffee franchise owners’ meeting.
The event, which will be the flagship of a growing number of in-person conferences that will bring together franchises in different markets for training and other operational initiatives, set the tone for what Just Love Coffee franchise owners can expect in their gatherings.
Forging friendships, sharing best practices
Because it was another first for the growing brand, it was important to convey a lot of information, but also allow franchise owners to get to know each other and begin to share insights and best practices, says D.J. Smith, Marketing Director.
“We wanted to make sure that owners got to meet everyone on the corporate team, including people they’ve spent time talking to and emailing with, but may not have met in person,” Smith says. “And we also wanted to build in some time for them to meet with each other. Starting a business can be a lonely endeavor sometimes, and having those supportive relationships with others who are in the trenches alongside you is something we very much encourage.”
Seeing what’s coming helps create buy-in
The event also saw presentations on everything from sales and marketing to architectural designs and design elements for both new and existing Just Love coffee café franchise locations. That mix of back-office information, along with what’s going to be happening out front with the look, feel and offerings of every Just Love, created a strong sense of where the brand is going. It also helps franchise owners stay connected.
“We are all driving in the same direction, and that means keeping lines of communication open and letting people know what great ideas are percolating for Just Love’s future,” Smith says. “When we can get everyone in one room, show them want we’re working on and get their input and ideas, it creates the kind of synergy that has helped Just Love grow so rapidly, and will keep it expanding in communities all across the country.”
After the launch of two successful locations in Nashville and Brentwood, Tennessee, one of the hottest cities in the nation, Just Love Coffee is primed for expansion in 2019. Led by an executive team with proven experience in growing franchise systems, Just Love Coffee & Eatery is an ideal investment for both new and experienced entrepreneurs who want to get in on the ground floor of the most exciting business opportunity in the $12 billion U.S. coffee shop industry.
A compelling food offering and highly curated coffees allow Just Love to stand out in the crowded, white-hot coffee franchise landscape
There is a big difference between being on-trend and trendy. In the coffee franchise world, “trendy” often translates to a focus on style more than substance. But consumers crave authenticity, and that’s why Just Love Coffee franchise owners are seeing their businesses grow.
“Just Love offers the opportunity to operate a business that satisfies the coffee purist, because it’s bean-centric,” explains David Sparks, Franchise Sales Manager. “And it’s a brand that has created a dynamic, all-day food offering, all within a physical space that’s warm and inviting.”
Coffee is first and foremost
Many coffee franchises in the market are built around specific offerings, often sugar-heavy drinks using the same bean blend — same taste, any location. That doesn’t remotely compare to the expertise that Just Love Coffee franchise owners can bring to the table.
“If someone wants a flavored latte, you can get that created in multiple ways at Just Love,” Sparks explains. “We have the different milks and add-in’s, so there are options. The coffee purist, or even someone who’s a more casual coffee drinker, is able to play and customize their beverage. They learn quickly that Just Love is serious about coffee, and that builds loyalty.”
Food program enhances visibility
At the same time, Just Love Coffee franchises stand out because of a unique food offering that’s far more than “grab and go” pastries and desserts, yet remains approachable for customers and affordable for owners.
“If you go into most chain coffee shops, you have very few food choices. You rarely ever find a breakfast menu, for instance. A Just Love Coffee franchise offers a diverse, fresh menu all day long, which draws in more business while also creating another revenue stream. And with the continued rise of third-party delivery services, being able to offer both food and coffee beverages means even more revenue for Just Love franchise owners.”
After the launch of two successful locations in Brentwood, Tennessee, and Nashville, one of the hottest cities in the nation, Just Love Coffee is primed for expansion in 2019. Led by an executive team with proven experience in growing franchise systems, Just Love Coffee & Eatery is an ideal investment for both new and experienced entrepreneurs who want to get in on the ground floor of the most exciting business opportunity in the $12 billion U.S. coffee shop industry.
Complementary offerings allow for all-day income that avoids the usual rushes and slow periods associated with food- or beverage-only providers
Owning and operating a Just Love Coffee franchise is a fun and exciting adventure, and thanks to an all-day menu of both food and coffee, it’s one that provides a steady income stream. That’s very different from other food-only or coffee-only brands, and it makes it possible for franchise owners to achieve profitability faster.
“Just Love was founded on the idea of providing great coffee in a fun, relaxing environment,” says D.J. Smith, Marketing Director. “We have created a model that does so and keeps people in the shop and engaged throughout the day. Our food menu was designed along those same lines and has had the same outcome — continuous consumer engagement during operating hours versus peaks and valleys of business.”
Menus offer cross-selling opportunities
Because a Just Love Coffee franchise can offer both food and coffee, it can generate two kinds of business: customers who are looking for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner, and those who are in the mood for a coffee drink and also may want a snack.
“Offering a full menu with food and beverage options means that every guest is an upsell opportunity,” adds Smith. “Someone coming in for a latte might be intrigued by the Quinoa Black Bean salad or decide to splurge on a Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Waffle. By offering both, Just Love creates a one-stop space for great food and coffee.”
Unique food menu easy to implement
Even better, each Just Love Coffee franchise is designed to quickly and easily implement both menus. Rather than having a full kitchen, Just Love uses waffle irons to create most menu items. That means a smaller footprint and a process that’s easy to train staff on, as well as a unique look and feel that consumers enjoy.
“Just Love Coffee franchise customers love our food — not just to eat, but also to talk about on social media,” Smith says. “We have lots of Womelette photos on Instagram and other sites, with more being added all the time. It’s another way that food and coffee work together to give Just Love Coffee a really strong community profile.”
After the launch of two successful locations in Nashville and Brentwood, Tennessee, one of the hottest areas in the nation, Just Love Coffee is primed for expansion in 2019. Led by an executive team with proven experience in growing franchise systems, Just Love Coffee is an ideal investment for new and experienced entrepreneurs who want to get in on the ground floor of the most exciting business opportunity in the $12 billion U.S. coffee shop industry.