The California-based coffee house chain The Coffee Bean & Tea
Leaf has recently opened three locations on O‘ahu, in
the Manoa Marketplace, Koko Marina Shopping Center, and Kailua
Foodland Shopping Center.
The Sullivan Family, which owns and operates Foodland supermarkets,
has franchised the new stores and projects opening 15 Coffee
Bean & Tea Leaf cafés in Hawai‘i by the end
of 2006, according to Jenai Sullivan Wall, chairwoman and chief
executive officer of Sullivan Co.
According to its Web site coffeebean.com, the chain currently
operates more than 300 locations in California, Arizona, and
Nevada and more than 150 locations internationally. By comparison,
Starbucks currently has 1,861 locations in California alone,
and 54 stores in Hawai‘i.
Desiree Ramirez, a visual communications and journalism major
at HPU, enjoys the variety of drinks offered at The Coffee Bean & Tea
Leaf. “It’s pretty good. They have a lot of good
ice- blended drinks. I really like the Chai one,” said
The franchise agreement with the cafés’ parent company,
International Coffee & Tea, continues the legacy of Maurice “Sully” Sullivan,
the late founder of Foodland, who is credited with introducing
Hawai‘i consumers to new brands, said Wall. Sullivan was
the original Hawai‘i franchisee for McDonald’s and
We are always looking for new ways to enhance our offerings to
customers,” said Wall. “We were very impressed by
the leadership and excellent products of The Coffee Bean and
Tea Leaf and are thrilled to have the opportunity to share them
with the people of Hawai‘i.”
Today, Sullivan Co. runs about 100 retail stores in Hawai‘i
and on the mainland, including hotel and gift shop boutiques
and 29 supermarkets under the Foodland and Sack ‘N Save
names, according to Wall.
Right: The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is currently in three locations
on O‘ahu, and plans to open 15 more locations in Hawai‘i
by the end of 2006.