A Business Plan for a Coffee Franchise?

Most people think that you only need a business plan if you are going to start an independent cafe.  Think again.  Some coffee shop franchises don’t have your best interests in mind, don’t properly spend their marketing money for your store, or have systems that are archaic or even useless.

You should have a business plan for your cafe before you buy it.  If you have already bought one, it’s not too late.

This article someone forwarded to us has a bunch of good concepts.  We don’t agree with all of their ideas but it’s a good start.

So, whether you are a franchised coffee shop or an independent, you should be considering the concepts of a business plan.  Otherwise, you will not run your shop – it will run you.





What’s Going on at Blenz: Blenz at 4198 Main Street in Vancouver Silently Reopens

On June 5th, 2013, we published an article about yet another Blenz (Main Street) mysteriously closing.  For some time just brown paper could be seen on the outside.   We attempted to reach the Franchisee on record without success.

Yesterday, June 17th, it was reported to us that the location had silently re-opened and that the person operating the store was also seen operating at least one other Blenz location.  No further details have been revealed at this point.

In the past, Blenz would have celebrated the takeover of a new Franchisee with a ‘re-opening party’ including free drinks and food for the neighbourhood.  The idea was to inform everyone that the store is now under new management.  In both of these recent closures/reopenings no marketing event was performed so we are not sure what is happening with the ownership structure.  In fact, none of the Blenz Franchisees we asked about it even knew that these stores had closed, let alone re-opened.

In the Blenz ‘Fresh Brew’ publication, the only information that could be found was a new store opening in Ladner.  The Franchisees we surveyed didn’t even know there was a planned opening of a new store in Ladner until the store was open.

All of these recent events beg the question ‘What is going on at Blenz?’




What’s Going on at Blenz Coffee? Blenz at 4198 Main Street in Vancouver Closes

Brown paper covers the windows of this closed Blenz on Main street in Vancouver

Yet another sudden closure without notice has occurred at Blenz Coffee, this time on Main Street in Vancouver.  Customers in the area reported to us that they were attempting to patronize the location but found the store closed with brown paper on the wall (see photo).

So far we are unable to get details on what is taking place at this location.

This closure is the 4th closure of this type in the last 3 months, following quickly on the heels of Robson and Bute on May 1, and 815 Hastings on March 3, and 3297 Cambie on March 29th.