In the Mitten State: Growth, The Good Kind

Welcome news for an entrepreneurial giant and for java drinkers: "Biggby Coffee held its first meeting for employees in 1999 and hasn't appeared to slow down with its rapid growth since.

Bob Fish, the company's co-founder, said in a newsletter delivered to customers, employees and stakeholders this week that Biggby has experienced 32 consecutive months of 'same-store-sales growth.'

One of the reasons appears to be expansion of stores selling their popular beverages, including several recent openings and signed store agreements in Metro Detroit."

Finally: " ... Biggby's growth, compared to a June. 25 Nation's Restaurant News report of other coffee companies, outpaced the growth rates of Panera Bread (12.21%), Dunkin' Donuts (4.71%), Starbucks (7.28%), Tim Horton's (5.48%) and McDonalds (4.39%) by 6 to 13%."

In the photo: The baristas of the Biggby's of Petoskey (which opened in July of 2011) ... from left to right: Mel, Jessica, Kaitlyn, Hannah

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