Our Journey

1979 - Gloria Jean and Ed Kvetko opened a specialty gourmet coffee outlet in a small town just north of Chicago

1995 - The Australian journey began in 1995 when co-funders Nabi Saleh and Peter Irvine brought the Gloria Jean's Coffees brand to Australia from the US, with the aim of providing Australians with high quality specialty coffee.

1996 - The first Gloria Jean's Coffees was opened in Miranda, Sydney with the second store closely following in Eastgardens, Sydney. These concept stores became the testing ground for the future model of Gloria Jean's Coffees store nationally and internationally.

1997 - The Gloria Jean's Coffees franchise system was born in 1997 - with Eastgardens and Miranda becoming the first franchised stores.

2003 - Gloria Jean's Coffees is now present in every state and territory.

2004 - Gloria Jean's Coffees in now Australian owned, after the company buys the international brand rights from the US (for all counties except the USA and Puerto Rico).

2008 - Gloria Jean's Coffees has now opened over 900 stores and signed 36 Master Franchise Agreements across 35 counties worldwide and there are over 470 stores located in Australia.

2009 - Gloria Jean's Coffees International affiliate company, Praise International North America Inc, completed negotiations to buy Gloria Jean's Coffees U.S. retail and franchise operations from its current U.S. owner comprising of 102 coffee houses in 24 states.

2011 - Gloria Jean's Coffees has now opened over 1,000 stores and signed 42 Master Franchise Agreements across 39 counties worldwide, with over 480 stores opened in Australia.