Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii Appoints David Gladstone Senior Director of Real Estate and Construction

David Gladstone has been appointed Senior Director of Real Estate and Construction at Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii, a leading coffee franchise renowned for its premium sourcing, roasting, and high-quality 100 percent Hawaiian coffees and international blends. Gladstone joins the leadership team with three decades of restaurant development experience and comes at an ideal time for rapid growth, as the brand recently announced the addition of new store models to its current roster, which will fuel nationwide expansion.

Gladstone has held various roles in real estate, construction, and procurement for Starbucks, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Focus Brands, Noodles & Company, Jamba Juice, and Quiznos over the course of his 30-plus years in restaurant development. Additionally, he has worked with several national construction firms and as a Jamba Juice area developer.

“Joining the Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii team presents a new opportunity, and I couldn’t be happier,” Gladstone says. “Having worked with a variety of quick service and coffee concepts, I am well acquainted with the industry and the processes required to open locations effectively and efficiently. My goal is to ensure that we are able to do so with each new location, ensuring franchisees’ ultimate success.”

Gladstone and his team collaborate on strategic partnerships to assist franchisees throughout the site selection and construction process. From forming strategic real estate partnerships to identifying and qualifying approved locations for Bad Ass Coffee’s various store models, the Real Estate & Construction team is critical in establishing new franchisees’ success. Following real estate services, the same team guides and manages the construction process from start to finish, ensuring that the newest Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii locations are built efficiently and on time, while maintaining consistency with the emerging franchise’s unique store visual and brand design.

This appointment comes at a critical time for the brand, which has ambitious expansion plans to open 150 new locations nationwide over the next five years.

“David is a critical cog in our development strategy,” says Scott Snyder, CEO of Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii. “Over the last couple of years, significant preparation has been made to propel us forwards, and we are more prepared than ever. David’s experience and commitment to franchisee support will benefit our system as we work to spread the Aloha Spirit across the country.”

Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii has entered a new era of growth following a 2019 acquisition by Colorado-based Royal Aloha Coffee Company. The company relaunched the national brand three years ago with a new logo, packaging, and restaurant design, resulting in a revitalised 32-year-old brand with a cult following.

In 1989, on the Big Island of Hawaii, Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii was founded with the goal of sharing American-grown, premium Hawaiian coffee with customers worldwide. Along with premium coffee from the Big Island’s renowned Kona region, Bad Ass Coffee sources from Kauai, Maui, and Moloka’i. Apart from premium Hawaiian coffees, Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii offers a diverse menu of popular blended drinks, signature lattes, cold brews, teas, innovative Hawaiian fare, and branded merchandise.

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