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by Nanea Kalani

 

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 Ramirez.

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 Dunkin’ Donuts.

“ 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.

 

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