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Jacksonville’s Southern Grounds Plans 12-State Franchise Push

Southern Grounds Coffee

Southern Grounds gallery photo. Neptune Beach location.

Florida-based specialty coffee and cafe chain Southern Grounds has announced plans to begin franchising throughout the Southern United States.

An announcement from Southern Grounds partner Mark Janasik said that the company has started or completed franchise registration for 12 states, with aspirations to open some 125 units over the next 10 years.

Those states include: Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana, Tennessee, Virginia, Texas, Alabama, Kentucky, Maryland and Mississippi.

Southern Grounds currently has three company-operated brick-and-mortar stores in the greater Jacksonville market, including the original cafe that opened in Neptune Beach in 2016. Chicago-based Intelligentsia Coffee has been the company’s wholesale roasted coffee supplier.

Southern Grounds is in the process of opening a location inside the Jacksonville International Airport, with a second location also planned for the airport to be operated by airport foodservice specialist HMSHost.

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The coffee company also has a sibling bakery brand called Blueberry that operates out of its San Marco cafe location. Janasik previously told the Jacksonville Daily Record that the company has several additional forthcoming retail concepts for Southern Grounds.

“Southern Grounds is ready to call 12 more states ‘Home’ and we couldn’t be more excited!!” Janasik wrote this week on Facebook. “We are so excited for loved ones near and far to Gather Together and have a hot cup o’ joe, a craft beer, a glass of hand picked wine or indulge in a delicious culinary favorite!”

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