Scooter’s Coffee, LLC, the Midwest-based drive-thru coffee franchise, has opened locations in Mascoutah and Troy, Ill.
Scooter’s Coffee, based in Omaha, Neb., specializes in artisan espresso drinks, fruit smoothies, baked-from-scratch pastries and features its signature drink, the Caramelicious. The company also recently added a line of organic hot and iced teas, single-origin coffee and Cold Brew & Cream.
The franchise in Mascoutah is held by resident Laura Hearen. Hearen retired from the Air Force after 24 years of service and returned to the U.S. from Germany, settling in Illinois to be close to her husband’s family.
During the pandemic, a local restaurant in a prime downtown location went out of business and Hearen commented to a friend that the building would be perfect for a coffee shop.
“I honestly didn’t mean anything by it,” said Hearen. “But then a few months later a neighbor told me there was a coffee shop coming there.”
Scooter’s Coffee had bought the property and placed an advertisement for franchise owners, so Hearen called to find out more. “I’ve never owned a business before, but depending on how this one does, I can see myself buying more.”
In Troy, the expansion is the result of a single-unit franchise agreement signed by Eryn Wissler.
After 22 years as a high school teacher, Wissler was looking for something different.
“I’ve noticed Scooter’s Coffee popping up here and there and people were raving about it,” said Wissler. “I thought it would be a great franchise so I reached out to the company and I’ve liked everything I’ve heard since then.”
According to the latest market trends compiled by the National Coffee Association, 60 percent of Americans drank coffee in the past day. That’s more than reported drinking tea, juice, soda, or even tap water, the company said.
The number of people who reported buying coffee at a coffee shop or restaurant has risen 20% since January of 2021. The drive-thru coffee model boomed during the pandemic.
“The Scooter’s Coffee organization has offered me so much support and encouragement that I feel like I’ll have no problem making the transition from education,” said Wissler.
“Our brand is a great addition to (the communities),” said Kelly Crummer, Scooter’s Coffee senior director of Franchise Recruitment. “As Scooter’s Coffee continues to grow, excitement builds when we enter a new area of the country. We’re elated to have such enthusiastic franchisees contributing to our expansion.”
The company also recently opened an outlet in Boonville, Mo.
About Scooter’s Coffee
Approaching 450 stores operating across 23 states and commitments to open stores in 30 states, Scooter’s Coffee is in the midst of a strategic growth phase across the nation. The U.S. coffee market is an estimated $48-billion-a-year, recession-resistant industry, with a 664-foot proven kiosk model, Scooter’s said.
Founded in 1998 by Don and Linda Eckles in Bellevue, Neb., Scooter’s Coffee now operates from headquarters in Omaha, Neb.
Cover graphic from National Coffee Association USA