What’s Going on at Blenz: Blenz at Robson and Bute Silently Reopens

On May 1st, 2013 we published an article about how the first ever Blenz location suddenly closed it’s doors.  At some point last week, it was reported to the VCSFA that the doors silently re-opened.  At this point we do not know who the new Franchisees are, and Mr. Kormi remains unable to comment further at this point, and has strongly encouraged us to seek out further details from Blenz head office.

In times past, and at all known locations, Blenz performed a re-opening party where the public was offered free drinks, live music, and munchies to showcase the fact that the location is now under new management.  In this case, there was no such party and detailed information about the new Franchisee has apparently not been released to the chain.  When we asked a few Blenz Franchisees of nearby downtown locations about the closure most were unaware that the store had closed and re-opened until we had asked the question.

Stay tuned as we bring you the latest updates.

What’s Going on at Blenz Coffee? First Ever Blenz at Robson and Bute Location Mysteriously Closes Doors

Last night Blenz Coffee at the corner of Robson and Bute closed its doors at the usual time. This morning, however, when customers started arriving for their morning coffee they were surprised to find it still closed.

When a few curious people contacted us this morning and asked if we knew what was taking place, or if Blenz the chain was closing down, we contacted the Franchisee, Ali Kormi, who was unwilling to comment further about the situation.  He did confirm that he would not be opening the store today.

What we have learned is that during the summer of 2012, this particular location was closed for nearly two months while it underwent a renovation.  Before and during the renovation staff and customers alike were told that it would take about two weeks to complete – similar to the recent renovation at the Bentall 5 renovation which took well under two weeks and much longer than the Seattle’s Best location takeovers which Blenz was known for completing in a single weekend.  For any retail operation, especially in the coffee industry, each day closed results in notable damages from lost revenue and the loss of the regular customer base as they are forced to change their buying habits during the closure.

This mysterious closure follows just weeks after the closures of 815 Hastings on March 3, and 3297 Cambie on March 29th.

Perhaps most noteworthy about this closure is the fact that Blenz on Robson and Bute was the first ever Blenz location.

You can read more about Blenz the Canadian Coffee Company LTD at this Wikipedia page. *Note: Number of locations appear not to have been updated to reflect recent changes throughout the chain.

Be sure to check back here for updates as they develop.