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Gloria Jean’s Coffees opens 1st downtown location

The coffee shop at Michigan Avenue and Madison Street may be new but the brand is not.

Gloria Jean’s Coffees opened at the end of August, as the chain attempts a comeback in the market where it started. Gloria Jean and Ed Kvetko opened the first Gloria Jean’s in north suburban Long Grove in 1979. The couple grew the business to more than 200 stores before selling it in 1993, according to Crain’s Chicago Business.

Gloria Jean’s was eventually acquired by two Australians who have grown the company into one of Australia’s leading coffee brands. But a lot has changed in the Chicago market since 1993. Starbucks seems to be on every street corner, with McDonald’s and Dunkin’ Donuts also competing to give Chicagoans their caffeine buzz.

Muddassar Alvi is Gloria Jean’s newest franchise partner in the Chicago market. His first store opened in Chicago Ridge Mall in 2012. His two locations carry on Gloria Jean’s tradition of offering flavored coffees, and they also serve coffee drinks.

Gloria Jean’s Coffees has five other outlets in the Chicago suburbs.

Source: Chicago Tribune