(CMR) After opening up several locations in Jamaica late last year news reports are that Starbucks is coming to the Cayman islands courtesy of Caribbean Coffee Baristas.
The franchise is co-owned by Sandals Resorts International’s Deputy Chairman Adam Stewart and Margaritaville Caribbean Group’s Chairman, Ian Dear. They recently informed another media outlet that they will be opening stores in both Turks and Cayman.
“ We plan to roll out at least three stores in Cayman . We are looking to grow the franchise across the Caribbean and see to it that our teams are both professional and successful. Our partnership works brilliantly. Ian ( Dear) was instrumental in building Margaritaville and has operations in islands of the Caribbean.
Stewart and Dear came together two and a half years ago to bring Starbucks to Jamaica. They recently sent 12 Jamaican coffee farmers to Costa Rica to meet with Starbucks Global Director of Agronomy to study efficiencies in coffee production.
Dear added: “ Starbucks is the right fit for the region. We have great coffee in Jamaica and thought Starbucks would be a great platform for our native coffee and can take it to an altogether new level. We want to help build a true coffee culture in Jamaica.
“ We will roll out in Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and Kingston and look to cruise ship ports, then look to take the brand outside of Jamaica into the wider Caribbean.”
Caribbean Coffee Baristas now employs 60 people and by next year plans to increase that number to 200. In 2020 the company is expecting to have over 300 employees.