Scooter’s Coffeehouse began expanding from its original Bellevue, Nebraska, coffee shop in 2001, and the premium coffee franchise has since opened more than 70 units in eight states. There’s no shortage of competition in the coffee industry, so Scooter’s distinguishes itself by focusing on premium products—freshly roasted beans, carefully crafted specialty drinks and top-notch syrups and flavorings. President Tom Townsend aims for Scooter’s to become one of the top 10 specialty coffee franchises in the country—already, he says, it’s cracked the top 15.

LocationOmaha, Neb.
2008 Systemwide Sales$31,800,000*
% Change in Sales35.1%
2008 U.S. Units76
% Change in Units38.2%
2008 Average Unit Volume$485,000*
% Change in AUV2.1%
Future 50 Year2009