Region residents should soon have an easier time getting their caffeine fix, since Gloria Jean’s Coffee is looking to open two to five more locations in Northwest Indiana.
The coffee shop chain, which was founded in Chicago in 1979 and is now owned by Australia-based Retail Food Group, has had a coffee shop and coffee kiosk in the Southlake Mall in Hobart for around 20 years. Now local franchisee Mike Alia is looking to open more standalone Gloria Jean’s coffee shops across the Region.
He’s been scouting for real estate, and is especially interested in Valparaiso, somewhere near the Purdue University Northwest campus in Hammond, and the intersection of Indianapolis Boulevard and U.S. 30 in Schererville.
“I like the area. It’s growing. It’s a nice community,” he said. “Coffee shops are the new social hangout, especially for college kids.”