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Starbucks: the largest company in world. 17,009 stores in 50 countries, including over 11,000 in the United States. Fun fact: the name comes from Moby Dick – Starbuck was the first mate on the Pequod.
The next time you’re in Egypt or Bulgaria, make sure you look them up for a cup.
Caribou coffee: second largest in the world after starbucks. 415 company-owned coffeehouses in 16 states and the District of Columbia, as well as 126 franchise locations worldwide.
Dunkin’ donuts: 8,800 stores in 31 countries. What prevents it from being considered the largest chain over Starbucks is that it is coffee and baked goods – with half of its revenue generated from coffee sales. Both Starbucks and Krispy Kreme are considered its largest competitors.
Gloria Jean’s coffee: stores in over 30 countries. Gloria Jean’s Coffees is now 100% Australian owned and has opened over 1,000 coffee houses across 39 markets worldwide.
McCafe – Mcdonalds: I felt like this should be included, given its growing popularity. However, it was difficult to find any stats on it.
Seattle’s Best: has retail stores and grocery sub-stores in 20 states and provinces and DC. You can get SB at Taco Bell, Subway, J.C. Penney’s and Borders … it’s a subsidiary of Starbucks, but is generally cheaper.
I know; most of that wasn’t really interesting. What you’re interested in is what’s available to you, here in Grove City?
Location- from closest out:
The GeeDunk: serves Here’s Howe coffee.
Beans on Broad: independent, local store.
Gloria Jean’s: by the PB across from Colonial Hall
McDonald’s: Across the street from Gloria Jean’s
Sheetz: made to order gas station coffee. Mediocre quality but an innovative concept.
Just in case you’re wondering, the nearest Starbucks is in Hermitage, 19.8 miles away. The next closest location is in Ohio. This is not the place for Starbucks junkies.
Click here to see a Google map depiction of this area’s closest coffee shops. I’m sorry to say that in the top six, two are the same (there’s a listing for both The Coffee Grove and Beans on Broad) and three are various Sheetz locations.
*basic info on coffee chains obtained from wikipedia; the world’s best source on everything.