Caribou Coffee

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Caribou Coffee Company
IndustryRetail Coffee and Tea
FoundedDecember 14, 1992; 25 years ago (1992-12-14)
Edina, Minnesota, United States
HeadquartersBrooklyn Center, Minnesota, U.S., [1]
Key people
John Butcher, President/CEO
Number of employees
4,000+ employees.[2]
ParentJAB Holding Company

Caribou Coffee Company is an American coffee company and coffeehouse chain. Caribou Coffee was founded in Edina, Minnesota, in 1992. As of May 2015, the company operates 603[2] locations worldwide.


The original location, "44th and France" or Store 101, is located in Edina, Minnesota.[3]

Caribou Coffee founder, John Puckett, was working as a management consultant for Boston-based firm Bain & Company, helping develop ideas and strategies for other companies, when he decided he wanted to become an entrepreneur. After a trip to Denali National Park in Alaska, he and his wife, Kim, decided to raise money and start a coffee company. His wife stayed with a job at General Motors while John moved to Minnesota to find the first site and put together financing.[4][5][6]

The initial concept for Caribou was a five-day-a-week schedule aimed at downtown office workers, mimicking what worked in Boston. Puckett signed a lease for the first location to be in the large Pillsbury Center office building. However, soon afterward the building's landlord decided not to sign the lease, because another of the building's retail tenants had exclusive rights to selling coffee in the building and had threatened to sue them. As a result, the financing for the store fell through because it was dependent on that specific site. Puckett opted to start looking for an available location in the suburbs, and the first Caribou Coffee shop was started in Edina, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis, in December 1992.[4]

Arcapita was Caribou Coffee's majority shareholder. In 2002, Yusuf al-Qaradawi's involvement[7] with the bank led to a protest of Caribou Coffee. That same year al-Qaradawi stepped down as chairman of the bank's Sharia board.[8]

In May 2013, Caribou Coffee announced plans to close 80 stores in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, Illinois and Eastern Wisconsin, with 88 others in those locations to be converted to Peet's Coffee & Tea during 2013-2014. Caribou locations would remain open in California, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and ten international markets.[9][10]

Caribou is currently owned by JAB Holding Company.[11]

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  1. ^ "Company Profile for Caribou Coffee Co Inc (CBOU)". Retrieved 2008-10-22.
  2. ^ a b "Company Information".
  3. ^ "Caribou Coffee K-Cups - Single Cup Boxes".
  4. ^ a b John Vomhof Jr., Caribou founder: Knowing when to leave the corporate world and go into business for yourself, Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal, July 5, 2013, accessed July 8, 2013.
  5. ^ Chamis, Eleni (April 3, 2000). "A new cup o' joe". Retrieved December 7, 2015.
  6. ^ Lambrecht, Claire (November 26, 2012). "Caribou Coffee pioneer swaps espresso for pizza". Retrieved December 7, 2015.
  7. ^ Annual Report 2000 Archived October 17, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Sheik Yusuf al-Qaradawi: Theologian of Terror - Affiliations, Anti-Defamation League, August 1, 2005
  9. ^ Shirlington Caribou Coffee to Become Peet’s Coffee, West End Alexandria Patch, May 7, 2013
  10. ^ "Peet's, Caribou owner to buy former Sara Lee coffee business". Chicago Business Journal. Apr 12, 2013. Retrieved Apr 15, 2013.
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