Shawn Pattison Replaces Mark West as President of Blenz Coffee

Mark West’s sidekick Shawn Pattison has reportedly replaced him as president of the Canadian coffee franchise in a very silent changing of the guard.

Shawn has a background of heavy involvement with Rasoee – an Indian fast food franchise that ended up suddenly disappearing and leaving its franchisees holding the bag.  Their are five known lawsuits filed against the corporation.

Mark West is known to have been involved with Quiznos before he started his own coffee franchise called My Cup Coffee and Tea before most of those locations closed down.

It will be interesting to guess which franchise Mr. West will appear in next, and how Blenz will perform with Mr. Pattison as its new leader, especially with the heavy list of lawsuits filed in the courts.

As usual, we’ll keep you posted on the Vancouver Coffee Franchise world.

Mark West’s Last My Cup Coffee and Tea Location Shutters Door

Mark West’s Last My Cup Coffee and Tea Location Shutters Door

For serveral years the VCSFA has been covering Mark West’s interesting involvement in My Cup Coffee and Tea and Blenz Coffee.  For anyone considering buying a Blenz Coffee franchise, this is crucial background information.

In this previous article we discussed how neither Mark West, nor Blenz Coffee thought there were any problems or conflict with Mr. West running his own competing coffee franchise while in a position of General Manager of Blenz Coffee.  Surely if they did see any ethical issue they would have fixed the problem.  Although at least one concerned franchisee brought the issue to leadership at the announcement of Mark West’s arrival to Blenz, the issue was promptly brushed off and subdued by the beats of an expensive African drum group at their annual conference.

In the same article, it describes how he is also the contact person for anyone interested in opening a new Look Organic Tea, which also competes directly with a Blenz franchised location, literally right next door at Library Square.

Although the direct competition between West’s My Cup and Look Tea stores and the Blenz stores he claims to be helping may be of concern to current or prospective Blenz buyers, of greater concern should be the fact that none of these My Cup locations have survived the test of time.

Perhaps multi-coloured paper feet glued to the street and fuzzy dice are no longer enough to win the dollars of the increasingly sophisticated Vancouver coffee drinker?

You be the judge.

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Another Blenz Bites the Dust: Prestigious Landmark Robson at Burrard Location Gone Forever

Another Blenz Bites the Dust: Prestigious Landmark Robson at Burrard Location Gone Forever

2013 was clearly a tough year for Blenz the Canadian Coffee Company LTD completely losing the prestigious Cambie & 17th and Howe & Hastings locations from its previously expanding chain while experiencing temporary yet unusual and unexplained shutdowns at the Robson & Bute location as well as the Main Street location, not to mention the extremely high number of Blenz current sitting for sale on the world wide webs.  It is also the year that started just months after Blenz made the corporate decision to re-instate previous leader Mark West to steer the Blenz ship – while he remains owner of My Cup Coffee and Tea (currently their website is shown as ‘suspended’ but here is a PDF of the page that was visible until recently: www_mycupcoffeeandtea_com_Franchising_html ) which still competes directly with existing Blenz locations, one location at Georgia and Seymour which chips away at the sales of three different Blenz locations that are steps away.

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As if that battle story were not bloody enough for the Vancouver chain, Blenz finished off their year with the colossal and damaging blow of losing their most prized location: Robson & Burrard – One of – if not the – most highly visible and high foot traffic locations in the city.  Although not yet confirmed, it is rumoured that Lulu Lemon will be taking over the location.  The previous franchisee has not been availble for comments yet.  Apparently transparent stretchy pants and yoga gear are well liked by commercial landlords.

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Although the economy and ‘coffee saturation’ has been blamed by some for the challenges that franchise model brands like Blenz are facing, it has not seemed to stop corporate chains like JJ Bean and Cafe Artigiano from encroaching on their native territory.

2014 is upon us and it will be most interesting to observe how large number franchise chains like Blenz and Waves play their game.  If 2013 was any indication of the future…

 

Prestigious Blenz Gone

Prestigious Blenz Gone

Blenz the Canadian Coffee Company LTD Welcomes Mark West as Returning Chief?

Blenz the Canadian Coffee Company LTD announced at their National Sales Seminar on October 4th, 2012 Mark West as their new General Manager to replace previous CEO George Moen.

Mark West, who is also the current owner of My Cup Coffee and Tea franchise with several locations around Vancouver that compete directly with several Blenz locations, gave his first speech to the franchisees. In this speech he informed them that he ‘is not actively involved’ in his My Cup operation and that he is dedicated to helping grow the sales of Blenz franchisees.

Mark West was the CEO of Blenz until 2007, just prior to the announcement of George Moen as CEO who has since gone on to start a pay-for-referral business called RapidTimes Networks.