Omaha coffee franchisor Scooter’s is continuing its rapid expansion with a new development agreement to open 20 stores in Iowa -- a big increase over the four Iowa stores open now.
Iowa area developers Stephen Froscheiser and David Froscheiser said they and other multi-store franchisees will be opening the new stores in Des Moines, Ames and other areas in 2014 and 2015.
Scooter’s also expects to open a location in Kansas City, Missouri in 2014, owned by Brent and Holly Sharp, and earlier this month it opened a new store at 84th and Adams Streets in northeast Lincoln, owned by Daria Springer and Kristen Stauffer.
Scooter’s expects to open at least 12 new stores total in 2014, adding to its existing list of 111 stores in seven states. Scooter’s had 80 stores in 2010 when its founder Don Eckles, president of Boundless Enterprises, bought the chain back from another owner.
The new locations will offer coffee drinks, smoothies and pastries and other breakfast items.
Scooter’s also is available in more retail stores. The chain made its first foray into retail in December in local Hy-Vee stores, and its bagged coffee is available as of this week in 2-pound bags in Omaha and Lincoln Sam’s Club stores. It will be available by February at Costco, Eckles said.