Scooter’s Coffee Hires Chief Operating Officer

by Katie Lee

Omaha, Neb. — Restaurant industry veteran John Owen joins Scooter’s Coffee as chief operating officer to help lead the successful, expanding drive-thru kiosk franchise model.

“As we continue to set our sights on expanding our brand’s footprint and providing world-class coffee and customer service, we are delighted John has joined our Scooter’s Coffee family,” says Joe Thornton, CEO of Scooter’s Coffee. “I am confident John’s alignment with our core values and his extensive industry experience will allow us to build upon our brand promise to customers and help us drive sales and excellence in operation.”

As the new COO, Owen will lead the operational vision and execution to fuel the organization’s strategic sales and service goals. He will partner with franchisees to ideate and execute strategies to expand capacity and achieve significant sales growth and overall franchisee success.

Scooter’s Coffee® opened its 700th unit, located in Elkhart, Ind., last fall.

Over his 36 years in the restaurant industry, Owen held a variety of operations and leadership positions at McDonald’s Corporation, beginning his career as a crew member and working his way up to corporate vice president of strategy and execution. He subsequently became the president and CEO of Subway Russia where he led the effort, along with his franchisees and suppliers, to double the size of the brand to more than 700 restaurants. Owen was also the principle of Owen & Associates, an executive consulting firm specializing in assisting restaurant and retail suppliers. Most recently, he served as the president of Acrelec Americas, a global technology company focused on reinventing the customer experience for restaurant and retail brands.

Founded in 1998 in Bellevue, Neb., Scooter’s Coffee uses only the finest coffee beans in the world, which are roasted by its affiliated company, Harvest Roasting, in Omaha, Neb. Scooter’s Coffee is approaching 750 stores in 30 states and is striving to become the Number 1 drive-thru specialty coffee franchise system in the nation. For more information, visit

SOURCE: Scooter’s Coffee

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