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Caribou Opening Eight Coffee Houses in Chicago Grocery Stores

caribou inside jewel oscoCaribou Coffee has signed a deal with one of the nation’s largest grocery chains, Chicago-based Jewel-Osco, to open on-site retail locations inside of eight grocery locations by the end of 2013.

Caribou opened its first retail location within Jewel-Osco’s Barrington store last week, with plans to introduce two additional coffeehouses in the grocery’s Hoffman Estates and Countryside locations in the near future, as well as five additional coffee houses next year.

The coffee company plans to offer a cozy environment for on-site visitors, but the coffee shops will are also designed to increase packaged retail sales.

“With the introduction of Caribou’s partnership with Jewel-Osco, our goal is to provide Chicagoans convenient access to Caribou’s best-in-class, premium coffee products, paired with a comfortable, warm and welcoming coffeehouse setting,” said Mike Tattersfield, president and CEO of Caribou Coffee. “This is a significant partnership for Caribou, as it allows us to expand our distribution in one of our key markets and accelerate Caribou’s growth among diverse business units in partnership with Chicago’s market-leading grocery chain.”

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