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Scooter’s Coffee names John Owen as its new COO

Scooter’s Coffee names John Owen as its new COO

January 15 - 2024

Coffee Geography Magazine


Restaurant industry veteran John Owen joins Scooter’s Coffee as Chief Operating Officer to help lead the successful drive-thru kiosk franchise model focused on providing high-quality drinks, speed of service and amazing customer experiences.

“As we continue to set our sights on expanding our brand’s footprint and providing world-class coffee and customer service, we are delighted John has joined our Scooter’s Coffee family,” said Joe Thornton, CEO of Scooter’s Coffee. “I am confident John’s alignment with our core values and his extensive industry experience will allow us to build upon our brand promise to customers and help us drive sales and excellence in operation.”

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As the new Chief Operating Officer at Scooter’s Coffee, Owen will lead the operational vision and execution to fuel the organization’s strategic sales and service goals. He will partner with franchisees to ideate and execute strategies to expand capacity and achieve significant sales growth and overall franchisee success.

Over his 36 years in the restaurant industry, Owen held a variety of operations and leadership positions at McDonald’s Corporation, beginning his career as a crew member and working his way to Corporate Vice President of Strategy and Execution. He subsequently became the President and CEO of Subway Russia where he led the effort, along with his franchisees and suppliers, to double the size of the brand to more than 700 restaurants. Owen was also the principle of Owen & Associates, an executive consulting firm specializing in assisting restaurant and retail suppliers. Most recently, he served as the President of Acrelec Americas, a global technology company focused on reinventing the customer experience for restaurant and retail brands. 

Started as a drive-thru coffeehouse in Bellevue, Nebraska, Don and Linda Eckles managed to create a multi-million dollar business by serving coffee to Nebraskans in 1998. After three years, Scooter’s Coffee expands their business through franchising. To date, they have over 200 chains in 14 states and in development throughout the U.S.