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Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf to expand in New York metro area

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Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has returned to New York City.

The specialty coffee and tea chain has opened a location in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn. The store marks Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s return to New York City after closing all 12 of its Manhattan locations in fall 2016.

The new location is designed to provide a “uniquely Brooklyn vibe,” and includes a private outdoor lounge and dining space. It was opened through Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s New York-based franchisee, Hudson River Coffee & Tea.

The venture, made up of operators, developers and real estate experts, plans to develop Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf stores across the New York metro area. A second Brooklyn location is scheduled to open by yearend.

"The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf brand continues to maintain a steady growth rate, even with the impact of current events," said Peter Vavra, director of franchise operations. "New York City is a competitive and highly desirable market for any coffee retailer and our opening today in New York underscores our commitment to bringing our beloved beverages to more guests and demonstrates our strength as a leading roaster and retailer of coffee and tea."

Based in Los Angeles, the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf brand is owned by Jollibee Foods Corporation and has 225 stores in the U.S. and more than 1,094 locations across 30 countries worldwide.

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