Ellianos Coffee Company entered the Statesboro market in 2011 after being launched nationally in 2002 in Lake City, Fla.
Local co-owner's Tim and Summer Bishop first experienced Ellianos when they lived in Valdosta. Tim was working for FedEx and Summer was a teacher there and they were looking for an opportunity to get them to Statesboro where Summer's parents and co-owners Gerry and Cindy Gantt lived. The Bishop's became great customers of Ellianos Coffee and felt strongly that this concept would work in Statesboro.
After exploring the options for obtaining the franchise for the store and having the Statesboro market approved, they began site selection. They picked the current location, 619 Brannen Street, because of the great visibility, daily traffic and future growth opportunities.
The actually facility is a prefabricated unit that is delivered onto the site and set up for operation. "Statesboro was the first location to test the prefab construction concept. Because of this, there were some initial issues with the design, said Tim Bishop, Ellianos co-owner.
"We worked with Ellianos corporate and the construction team over the past year to try and correct the issues, he said. "This caused several interruptions in business in an effort to make repairs. After determining that the original unit was not going to be repaired to our expectations, we worked with them to bring in a brand new unit."
This process required Ellianos to be closed for six weeks while they removed the old unit and brought the new one in. Many of their customers were concerned that they were leaving the market but this was not the case.
"I can't say enough to thank our loyal customers for their patience through all of these renovations and the eventual replacement of the unit," Bishop said. "Statesboro is a great market with lots of Ellianos Coffee lovers. The new building gives us an updated look and newer technology, but nothing that our customers love has changed."
Ellianos was going through an update of the brand, which has been completed with the new unit they have in place.
Entrepreneurs and coffee-lovers, Scott and Pam Stewart, founded Ellianos after visiting the Pacific Northwest and discovered the popularity of the drive through specialty coffee industry.
The first Elliano's was opened in Lake City, Fla., and featured their signature double sided drive through. People took to the concept and the Stewarts began to franchise the Ellianos concept and brand.
Elliano's has now become a dominate brand in the Southeastern U.S. and has developed a loyal following for the Italian quality coffee and specialty food items including new breakfast sandwiches.
You can visit Ellianos from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday or find them on the web at www.ellianos.com.