The first Scooter’s Coffee in Maumelle opened earlier this year and the second, this one on Maumelle Boulevard, is scheduled to open on Monday, Nov. 13.
The national franchise’s expansion is part of a local trend towards drive-thru coffee shacks and, much like Hot Coffee, Mississippi, hot coffee and iced coffee seem to be having a bit of a moment.
So, it seems like as good a time as any to find out more about Scooter’s Coffee.
Below is a transcript of an email Q&A with Elizabeth Gray, head of Operations & Business Development for Life's Little Perks and The Adventurous Bean, the franchise owner for the current and future Scooter’s locations.
It has been lightly edited and formatted for publication.
>> How did you get attracted to franchising Scooter's?
Honestly, it all started because of a great cup of coffee, I wasn't looking for a coffee franchise at the time. When visiting my sons at their college out of town, I visited a Scooter's Coffee location for just a cup of black coffee. It was a great cup of coffee, a Smiley sticker on the lid, a cute cup -- they had me! Twelve days later I was in Omaha, Nebraska learning more about the business. The company's vision and core values (INTEGRITY, LOVE, HUMILITY, COURAGE) resonated with me (and my husband), we decided we wanted to be a part of this franchise right away.
>> What attracted you to Maumelle as one location has opened and another planned?
Maumelle is a lovely community: everyone that we have met has been friendly and welcoming! It is a community that is growing and will continue to grow in the future. We are excited to be a small part of that.
>> What is the timeline for the opening of the second location?
The second location will open on or around Nov. 13..
>> Do you have plans for more expansion in central Arkansas?
We would like to expand into another location, but do not have anything confirmed at this time.
>> Does your group own all the locations in Arkansas?
There are several different franchisees that operate in the state of Arkansas. Our customers will receive the same level of amazing service and amazing drinks at any of the locations. We are a strong brand and I love the way our franchisees support one another, therefore making the experience the best we can for our customers.
>> If not, which locations are yours?
We currently have the location at 20715 Hwy 365 N (Maumelle) and 6600 Corporate Drive (North Little Rock). Scooter's Coffee has opened its 700th location this year, with Arkansas being one of the fastest areas of growth.