Father, Son Team Open New BIGGBY COFFEE Location

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Novi, Mich., May 1, 2008 – East Lansing Mich.-based coffee retailer, BIGGBY COFFEE, will open a new location in Novi on Tuesday, May 6.  The new store, located at 43346 Grand River Ave., at the corner of Novi Road & Grand River, will offer free brewed coffee for the entire week in celebration of its opening.


The café, open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays, features free wireless internet and plentiful soft seating paired with its signature specialty coffee drinks. It is the first BIGGBY franchise for father and son team Leigh and Mike Waltersdorf.


“I was looking to open a coffee franchise and began research to see what opportunities were out there,” said Mike Waltersdorf.  “I’ve seen a lot of new BIGGBY stores pop up, so I identified it right away as an excellent opportunity.  Afterwards, I found out my dad was already in talks with the company franchise team, so we took it as a sign that this was meant to be.”


BIGGBY COFFEE® launched as a single café in East Lansing, Mich. just 13 years ago.  Renowned and loved by gourmet coffee fans and college students alike, word of its signature coffee drinks spread quickly and continues to grow.  BIGGBY now has 91 stores in nine states and an additional 75 under development to open in the next two years.


The new store will bring nearly 20 new full and part-time jobs to Novi.




East Lansing, Mich.-based BIGGBY COFFEE was founded in March 1995 and began franchise operations in 1999.  Today the Company has 91 stores open and an additional 74 under development across nine states including Michigan, Ohio, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, South Carolina and Wisconsin.  BIGGBY COFFEE features more than 30 gourmet coffee, fine tea and frozen drink selections in addition to an assortment of pastries and other fine eatables. For more information about BIGGBY COFFEE, visit www.biggby.com.