What I love about being a PJ's Franchisee is that there's access to a system. I can tap into a system of materials that have already been proven to work. The home office has resources that are above my means as a single shop owner.
I decided owning a PJ's Coffee shop was the way to go. From start to finish, corporate was there for me when I selected a location, ordered equipment and furniture.
PJ's is set a part from the competition because the New Orleans port is right across the street from our roasting plant. The coffee comes in from overseas and immediately brought to our facilities, then roasted a couple days later. For the freshest cup of coffee, PJ's is the place to go.
The best part of being a franchisee is the freedom. It gives you the opportunity to provide for your family, but also be a part of your family. It gives you time to play with your children or take a vacation, but still have a fantastic business.
PJ's is set a part from the competition because of quality. I thought Coffee was the right industry because it's a commodity that's not going away. It's the second largest traded commodity in the world.