Jacksonville’s thirst for drive-thru-only coffee options is heating up.
In addition to Dunkin’ GO, Ellianos and Scooters Coffee, an Arkansas-based concept is planning to enter the market.
Records show 7Brew Coffee intends to open at least three drive-thrus in Duval County.
“We will open several locations in early fall in Jacksonville, by a franchisee of 7 Brew - 7 Venture, Inc.,” said a spokesperson by email June 9.
She said that was all the information she could share.
Florida corporate records show the franchisee is based in Fayetteville, Arkansas, at the address of K-MAC Enterprises Inc., which is a Taco Bell franchisee.
The JEA received service availability requests for 7Brew at Gerona Drive East and at Normandy Village Parkway in Jacksonville and at 1223 Atlantic Blvd. in Neptune Beach.
The double-drive-thru shops with no interior seating are 600 square feet.
The St. Johns River Water Management District is reviewing applications for the Jacksonville stores.
Atlanta-based Geyer Morris Co. is the applicant and owner. Almond Engineering is the agent and civil engineer.
Plans show the Gerona Drive project is proposed on an undeveloped 0.51-acre parcel at northwest Beach Boulevard and Gerona Drive East.
The Normandy project is on 2.1 acres at southwest Normandy Boulevard and Normandy Village Parkway.
The Neptune Beach site is at southwest Atlantic Boulevard and Penman Road.
Scott Giles, senior broker with Atlantic Retail, is the tenant representative for 7Brew in central and north Florida.
The 7brew.com site says the chain is “a revolution that treats people like people – that makes them feel warmed, loved, and important, all before they take a sip of the best drink in town.”
In addition to coffee options it sells infused energy drinks, Italian sodas, smoothies, shakes, teas and more.
Its featured June drinks are Island Dream Red Bull, Lemon Freeze and Maui Mocha.
Its website says the first store opened in February 2017 in Rogers, Arkansas.
It now has 19 locations in Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Texas and South Carolina. It is taking job applications for a location in Nebraska, as well.
Franchising information says it is based in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and that it began selling franchises in March 2021.
Restaurantbusinessonline.com reported in March 2021 that 7Brew drew investment cash from Drink House Holdings, a partnership from Jimmy John’s founder Jimmy John Liautaud and Lone Star Steakhouse founder Jamie Coulter.
The news site said one of the major draws for drive-thru-only concepts is their build-out costs, given their generally small footprint.
The cost to build a location ranges from about $500,000 to just more than $1.1 million.
Floridatoday.com reported May 10 that 7Brew plans 165 locations in Florida.
The report said the name 7Brew Coffee is derived from the Bible. Biblically, the number 7 indicates completion or perfection, it said, citing the Arkansas Democrat Gazette newspaper.
Ellianos has plans for at least 12 Northeast Florida drive-thru-only options.
Scooters Coffee intends to open up to 16 locations in Northeast Florida. One identified site is at northeast Beach Boulevard at Gerona Drive, across the street from a 7Brew location.
Dunkin’ GO locations include walk-up service.