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Meet the fast-growing drive-thru coffee chain 7 Brew

A Deeper Dive: John Davidson, CEO of the rapidly growing concept, joins the podcast to talk about growth, how he wants to build “the Dollar General of coffee,” and why his brand can grow this quickly.

Let’s meet 7 Brew, one of the fastest-growing chains in the country.

This week’s episode of the Restaurant Business podcast “A Deeper Dive” features John Davidson, CEO of the rapidly growing drive-thru coffee chain.

If you haven’t been to a 7 Brew, just wait: One will probably show up near your house sometime soon. The company’s unit count nearly tripled last year—enough to make the brand No. 3 on the Restaurant Business Future 50 ranking. It has grown even faster this year.  

But anybody who listens to this podcast probably knows that such fast growth comes with serious risks, and we talk with Davidson about how the brand set itself up for growth and how it’s been able to grow that quickly. And it will only continue to grow quickly in the coming years.

We also talk about why drive-thru coffee is so popular—several fast-growing chains in the U.S. serve drive-thru coffee in fact. And we talk about the chain’s expansion into smaller markets. We also talk extensively about training and operations. And why Davidson wants 7 Brew to be “the Dollar General of coffee,” and what that means.

We’re talking 7 Brew on A Deeper Dive so please have a listen.

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