Seattle’s Best Coffee FDD Summary
Type of Business
The franchises described in this disclosure document are for retail cafes and kiosks specializing in the preparation and sale of SEATTLE’S BEST COFFEE® (“SBC”) proprietary brand coffee products and beverages and related products.
We are a Washington limited liability company doing business as “Seattle’s Best Coffee.” We are a subsidiary of Seattle Coffee Company, a Georgia corporation (“SCC”), which in turn, is a subsidiary of Starbucks Corporation, a Washington corporation (“Starbucks”), our parent company.
Our principal business address, and the principal business address of SCC is 2401 Utah Ave. South, Suite 800, Seattle, Washington 98134, (206) 447-1575. The principal place of business of Starbucks is 2401 Utah Avenue S., Seattle, WA 98134, (206) 447-1575.
We have operated Seattle’s Best Coffee retail outlets from 1974 to the present. We offered Seattle’s Best Coffee franchises from 1994 to 1997 and from 1999 to the present. As of September 27, 2009, there were 557 Seattle’s Best Coffee retail outlets, 9 of which are owned and operated by SBC, in operation in North America. We also sell coffee and related specialty products at wholesale and by mail order. We do not offer licenses in any other line of business. We do not otherwise conduct business of the type offered to you in this disclosure document.
The total investment necessary to begin operation of a single SBC cafe ranges from $267,200 to $454,000. The total investment necessary to begin operation of a single SBC kiosk ranges from $240,700 to $407,000. This includes $42,000 to $63,000 that must be paid to SBC or its affiliates.