Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii, a brand born on the Big Island in 1989, announced the signing of a multi-unit agreement that will bring five stores to the Dallas metro market. Bear in mind the Dallas market does not necessarily mean here. The only thing we know for sure is that the first one is in Sachse, which might as well be Oklahoma. But there are four others planned before 2024, so it’s something to keep an eye on.
Behind the multi-unit agreement are business partners and friends Ankush Agrawal and Rushik Solanki who operate as Makers LLC and the coming Dallas-area stores. Agrawal brings years of construction and property management experience to the team, whereas Solanki comes from a background in business management, training, and operations. With complimentary skill sets, they are eager to grow their franchise portfolio – optimistic of adding even more Bad Ass Coffee shops in the coming years, according to a press release.
“The Bad Ass Coffee name caught our attention right away, and we were even more impressed as we started digging into the franchise opportunity,” Agrawal says. “The Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii brand is built around a culture of ‘ohana – family – and it really is just that. The entire leadership team has been amazingly supportive – there’s a solid infrastructure and clear vision for growth. It is truly exciting to get in at the ground level of an emerging brand with immense opportunity, and know you’re playing a part in its evolution.”
Their first location will open at 3800 Miles Road in Sachse at the end of the year or beginning of next. An additional two Dallas metro stores are slated to open in 2023, and the final two stores in 2024.
“One of the key differentiators is Bad Ass Coffee’s roots to Hawaiian culture,” Solanki says. “Knowing they have longstanding partnerships with multi-generational Hawaiian coffee farmers is not only appealing from a supply chain perspective, but the product itself is second to none. They are harvesting some of the highest quality coffee beans in the world, resulting in a superior product that we’re able to offer to our customers.”
Hawaii, Southern California and Florida have several stores open and operating for a number of years.
“We are looking for more strong operators like the Ankush and Rushik to grow the Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii brand throughout Texas,” says Scott Snyder, CEO of Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii. “They are great additions to our growing base of franchise owners and have already hit the ground running as they work toward opening their first location. As we continue to penetrate markets across Texas, we’re excited to welcome new franchisees to our ‘ohana (family) as we aim to build a loyal fan base in every community.”
In addition to premium coffee from the famous Kona region of the Big Island, Bad Ass Coffee also sources from Kauai, Maui and Moloka’i. Beyond premium Hawaiian coffees, Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii also serves up a full menu of popular blended drinks, signature lattes, cold brews, teas, innovative foods with a Hawaiian twist and, with a name like that, of course, branded merchandise.
With rapid expansion underway, the brand has set aggressive expansion plans to open 150 new locations over the next five years. As International Franchise Association VetFran members, veteran franchisees who join will receive a $10,000 discount off the initial franchise fee. You can check that out here if interested.